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Joe Cole wants Mason Mount to start ahead of Jack Grealish for England vs Germany clash


Mount got the nod for England’s first two group games (Picture: Getty Images)

Joe Cole says he would pick Mason Mount to start ahead of Jack Grealish in midfield for England’s Euro 2020 clash against Germany.

The Three Lions finished top of Group D with two wins and a draw from three games and will face Germany at Wembley on Tuesday in the Round of 16.

Mount started in England’s first two group matches, but was ruled out of the game against Czech Republic after being forced to self-isolate for 10 days.

Chelsea duo Mount and Ben Chilwell were deemed to be close contacts of club team-mate Billy Gilmour after the Scotland midfielder tested positive for Covid-19.

They are due to come out of isolation on Monday night, less than a day before the Germany showdown at 5pm on June 29.

Grealish dazzled against Czech Republic (Picture: Getty Images)

The pair have trained at a private location away from their team-mates, but the FA are looking into the possibility of them being involved in socially distanced training with the full group ahead of the game.

Meanwhile, Aston Villa captain Grealish flourished in his first start at a major international tournament against Czech Republic, setting up Raheem Sterling’s first-half winner.

While former Chelsea, Villa and England winger Cole is an admirer of both players, he wants Mount to get the nod on Tuesday.

‘As much as I love Jack, I’d go with Mase ahead of him for this game,’ Cole told talkSPORT.

‘Jack won’t like this, but having Jack off the bench, if it’s level after 60 minutes, imagine Wembley seeing Jack step up if we need something.

‘You need someone on the bench who can change something.

‘Mason’s a little bit more disciplined in the central position which allows you to change the system a little bit.

‘It’s like choosing [a favourite] between your kids. Choosing between Mason Mount and Jack Grealish… I love them both!’

But Cole is fully aware that if Mount can’t train with the group, Gareth Southgate may end up picking Grealish to face Joachim Low’s side.

‘Not having Mason [training], I know he’s an intelligent player, but that’s going to be playing on Gareth’s mind,’ Cole added.

‘Mason self-isolating might be the reason why Gareth gives Jack the nod instead of Mason because he’d be able to work with Jack in the lead up to the match.

‘I still can’t get my head around what the rules and procedures are and why they’ve had to isolate for this long. I don’t understand it.’


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