Jamie Redknapp has called on Mason Mount to drop into pockets more if he wants to reach the level of Kevin De Bruyne.
The two Premier League stars were on opposite sides as England beat Belgium in the Nations League, with Chelsea playmaker Mount scoring the winner in an impressive 2-1 win for Gareth Southgate’s side.
But Redknapp, working for Sky Sports, was more impressed with Manchester City’s De Bruyne – despite him ending on the losing side.
Belgium had taken the lead courtesy of a Romelu Lukaku penalty, before Marcus Rashford equalised from the spot at the other end.
And while Mount did secure the win for the Three Lions, Redknapp thinks he can do more to influence games and become as important to England as De Bruyne is to Belgium.
‘They’ve (Belgium) got such an incredible player,’ Redknapp told Sky Sports. ‘Ashley (Cole) and I were purring watching some of Kevin De Bruyne’s passes. He was picking up pockets.
‘When we talk about Mason Mount, I want him to do that more.
‘Kevin De Bruyne is playing in a position in a three, but he was still getting licence to go and get the ball.
‘Wherever the ball is, he’ll find it. Mason is that player who can do it for us, you don’t have to just stay on the right side, come inside.
‘For the goal, that’s where he gets that fortune, which he deserved because he came inside and scored the goal.’
‘I rate him very highly,’ said De Bruyne. ‘He’s somebody I mentioned before, talking to the teammates at City, in a random conversation.
‘In England they talked about creative problems in midfield, but he brings that to a team. He deserves a shot.’