Ian Wright and Ashley Cole blasted the ‘disgraceful’ treatment of Chelsea star Mason Mount, who they believe has had an unfair amount of ‘stick’ for being a regular under England boss Gareth Southgate.
Mount lined up in the starting XI in England’s 3-0 win over the Republic of Ireland on Thursday night and put in a good shift as the Three Lions eased to victory.
Goals from Harry Maguire, Jadon Sancho and Dominic Calvert-Lewin were enough to secure a straightforward win over a depleted Ireland side.
There had been calls for Mount to be dropped for Jack Grealish – the Aston Villa captain who provided an assist for Sancho – but the pair started together and linked up well for the hour that Grealish was on the pitch.
And Wright, the former Arsenal striker, thinks Mount is fully deserving of his spot in Southgate’s side and doesn’t deserve such harsh criticism.
‘You know what? I think it’s disgraceful the way people have talked about Mason Mount getting his berth in front of whoever,’ Wright told ITV before kick-off.
‘Mount is in there on credit and what he’s able to do. It’s unfair the amount of stick he gets for being chosen by Gareth.’
Cole believes that it’s pointless comparing Grealish and Mount as they’re different types of player.
‘You can’t compare them [Grealish and Mount],’ added the former Chelsea left-back.
‘The quality that Mason brings to not just this England team but the Chelsea team. He brings that energy, the willingness to run and graft.
Cole remains a huge fan of Mount’s Chelsea team-mate Reece James, who started at right-back.
‘He’s similar to Trent [Alexander-Arnold, the Liverpool right-back], the variety and quality of his crossing in wide areas I think is very good,’ said Cole.
‘He’s improved his defensive abilities. He’s a little more aggressive now and he’s definitely a key player for Chelsea at the moment.’