Ian Wright has sprung to the defence of Chelsea midfielder Mason Mount after some criticised his selection for England.
There have been question marks over why manager Gareth Southgate has favoured Mount over Aston Villa captain Jack Grealish in previous games, but Wright was adamant that Mount was being selected on merit:
“It’s disgraceful the way people have talked about Mason Mount getting his berth in front of whoever. Mason Mount is in there on credit and what he’s able to do. It’s unfair the amount of stick he gets for getting chosen by Gareth.”
The criticism of Mount has been rather strange, considering that Mount likes to play in more central areas, while Grealish is much stronger cutting in off the left flank.
The fact that both players performed well when they started the 3-0 friendly win over the Republic of Ireland on Thursday night also shows why the hostility towards Mount’s inclusion is misplaced.
He is still learning the game at 21 years of age and, as Wright points out, he has done very little wrong when called upon by England. The same goes for his performances for Chelsea where his work rate is very much appreciated by manager Frank Lampard.