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Gareth Southgate reveals how Mason Mount has impressed him ahead of first England start

How Mason Mount has impressed Gareth Southgate to earn first England start
The Chelsea teen is ready to make his full debut for the Three Lions on Friday (Picture: Getty)

says Mason Mount has impressed him ever since he noticed the midfielder enjoying for the Under-16s as he prepares handy the Chelsea teen his first start for England.

Mount is ready to make his full debut for the Three Lions in Friday evening’s Euro 2020 qualifier in opposition to Czech Republic in Prague, having beforehand been a substitute in opposition to Bulgaria and Kosovo.

The 20-year-old has thrived below Frank Lampard, each at Derby County final season and now Chelsea, and Southgate says he has lengthy earmarked Mount as an England worldwide.

How Mason Mount has impressed Gareth Southgate to earn first England start
Mount has 4 targets within the already this season (Picture: Getty)

Asked what has impressed him about Mount, Southgate defined: ‘Exactly what I believed of him once I noticed him enjoying for our Under-16s.

‘He’s a high quality participant, an clever footballer, presses nicely, has an actual eye for aim, good high quality. So, nothing I’ve seen surprises me in any respect.

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‘We’ve had him marked as a participant from the first time I noticed him at St George’s Park. Chelsea can be the identical on that, I feel.

‘Of course he’s now been capable of have the chance to play within the Premier League and show that in opposition to prime groups. I feel you noticed his penalty within the Super Cup, that was a pleasant cameo of what he’s about, actually.’

While Mount begins, Chelsea teammates Tammy Abraham and Fikayo Tomori – in addition to Ross Barkley – are more likely to be on the bench in Prague, and Southgate is delighted to see younger English gamers being given an opportunity at Chelsea.

How Mason Mount has impressed Gareth Southgate to earn first England start
Mount was additionally included in Southgate’s earlier England squad (Picture: Getty)

He continued: ‘I think I’ve spoken for a pair of years now concerning the high quality of younger gamers coming by our academies. Chelsea have been on the forefront of that, successful the Uefa Youth League and FA Youth Cup persistently.

‘So it’s a disgrace, possibly, one or two of their children didn’t get that chance and have needed to go and play elsewhere and may need missed that second that has been good for the likes of Tammy and Mason.

‘It’s nice timing for them as a result of they’ve had these mortgage spells and so they have been in all probability able to take that chance. So, as a younger participant, you’ve received means, you’ve received the work you do however, ultimately, you want the chance.’

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