England coach Gareth Southgate bizarrely chose to play Chelsea starlet Mount in a playmaking No 10 role against the Czech Republic in Prague on Friday night – and the move backfired badly.
Mount, in sensational form this season for his club with four goals in eight Premier League games, looked out of sorts having been switched from his usual left flank role – and even though Southgate switched tactics to a more familiar 4-3-3 system at half time, it was not enough to prevent a damaging and worrying 2-1 defeat, the first of England’s Euro 2020 qualifying campaign.
It made for an unsatisfactory full debut for the 20-year-old after two substitute England appearances for Mount – but he is certain to get another chance.
Mount, too often left stranded upfield in Prague on Friday, said: “Obviously, I am more used to playing off the left and coming in. It was not too much different – but obviously I was a bit more central.
“A couple of days before the game we were working on shape and how we wanted to play – me being central but Jadon coming in as well off the line and trying to combine. But the Czechs made it difficult for us.
“It is something you learn from. We will look back on the game and take a lot of negatives which we can improve on, but we will also take some positives. We can improve on that.”
Mount though insisted: “I like to play anywhere in midfield or attack. I am quite versatile – I can play on the left or in midfield and that is what I base my game around.”
But, he admitted: “It was a difficult night. Prague is a difficult place to come to, the Czech Republic are a good side and had a lot of momentum. The crowd was behind them.
“We knew what we were coming into and probably did not deal with it as well as we could have. We gave them so many chances. It is difficult to come back into the game after that.
“There is massive experience to be gained from these games, you learn so much as team. Tonight we need to try to turn this into a positive.”