Gareth Southgate could give Mason Mount his full England debut
Gareth Southgate could give Mason Mount his full England debut against Czech Republic at No 10 in place of Chelsea team-mate Ross Barkley
- Chelsea midfielder Mason Mount has made a superb start to the league season
- He has built on his impressive loan spell at Derby last year by scoring four goals
- Having displaced Ross Barkley at Chelsea, he is looking to be England’s No 10
- Gareth Southgate could opt to start the 20-year-old in Prague on Friday night
- Mount put in a good display in England games against Bulgaria and Kosovo
Gareth Southgate is considering handing Mason Mount his full England debut on Friday at the expense of Chelsea team-mate Ross Barkley.
Having replaced Barkley in the Blues midfield, Mount is now pushing hard to dislodge him from the national team, too.
Sportsmail understands Southgate is considering deploying the 20-year-old in the No 10 role for England’s Euro 2020 qualifier against Czech Republic in Prague on Friday night.
England boss Gareth Southgate trusts in Mason Mount and could start him on Friday night
Mount impressed Southgate in his substitute appearances against Bulgaria and Kosovo.
Barkley started ahead of Mount for both of those victories, but has since lost his Chelsea place to the youngster.
Mount has started six of Chelsea’s games since the last international fixtures, while Barkley has started just twice, against Grimsby in the Carabao Cup and Brighton.
Mount is understood to be ahead of James Maddison in Southgate’s thinking. Leicester playmaker Maddison is carrying a slight injury which has affected his ability to train at St George’s Park this week.
The Chelsea youngster featured as a substitute in qualifiers against Bulgaria and Kosovo
Southgate used a 4-3-2-1 system in England’s previous two games but he has explored the possibility of playing a 4-2-3-1 in training sessions this week.
This could see Mount play in an advanced central midfield role flanked by Raheem Sterling and either Jadon Sancho or Marcus Rashford. Liverpool’s Jordan Henderson and Declan Rice of West Ham would be deployed as the anchormen at the base of midfield.
Southgate has shown his squad videos of Barcelona as he attempts to impress on the Three Lions the need for a more possession-based style of play.
He has scored four Premier League goals for Chelsea and is a key man for boss Frank Lampard
Trent Alexander-Arnold, meanwhile, is targeting back-to-back clean sheets in Prague and Sofia to prove that the error-strewn defensive display against Kosovo last month was a one off.
Sportsmail reported after the 5-3 victory at St Mary’s last month that England players would hold a summit to address the problems that marred a vibrant attacking display and the Liverpool defender confirmed that the meeting is necessary.
He shows a smile in training alongside defender Tyrone Mings and midfielder Declan Rice
Mount has already taken Ross Barkley’s place at Chelsea and now has his sights set on England
‘We analyse our games and know what is going right and what is not,’ said Alexander-Arnold, who is vying with Atletico Madrid’s Kieran Trippier for the right back position.
‘We have not had the meeting yet but we will have it to make sure (the mistakes) do not happen again. We were not happy with the goals we conceded against Kosovo and we need to work on it.’
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