England manager Gareth Southgate says it has to be credited to Thomas Tuchel’s arrival at Chelsea before fans could accept that Mason Mount is an “exceptional player.”
Mount produced an impressive mouthwatering performance in England’s 2-0 win against Albania in Sunday’s World Cup qualifier in Tirana.
He became the first Chelsea player to score or assist in three consecutive England appearances since Frank Lampard, who did so in seven consecutive games in a run ending in 2013.
Southgate said he had been a longtime admirer of the 22-year-old Chelsea player despite previous criticism from supporters.
Mount’s second-half strike, which came after a first-half header for Harry Kane, gave England two wins in a row ahead of Wednesday’s home qualifier against Poland, who is likely their toughest opponents in the group reported the Guardian.
“Mason Mount is an exceptional player,” “But I was saying this in the autumn.
“I suppose now (Chelsea manager) Thomas Tuchel picks him probably everybody will agree. When it was Frank (Lampard, whom Tuchel replaced at Stamford Bridge) it didn’t count for some reason but he’s an exceptional player.
“He finds space intelligently, he manipulates the ball very well, he creates chances, he can score goals. I thought his performance was excellent.”
Southgate said even though Mount had featured twice for England in four days during a serious campaign for his club, he won’t still be worried of starting him at Wembley.
“I think we’ve looked out for all of the players in the first game and his load coming into the camp was that he didn’t play in the midweek in the Champions League,”
“But regardless of that, we’re trying to win and qualify for a World Cup.”