Undrinkable Mason Mount misses training in England ahead of the Polish World Cup qualifier with the Chelsea star working on indoor conditioning … days after Gareth Southgate said he can’t afford to run it
- Mason Mount was outside the English training session on Tuesday morning
- The 22-year-old midfielder was hailed by Gareth Southgate as ‘exceptional’
- The Three Lions boss also said he couldn’t afford to rotate the Chelsea star
- But his availability for the Polish clash at Wembley on Wednesday is now uncertain
Chelsea star Mason Mount sat outside England’s outdoor practice on Tuesday morning, calling into question his participation in their World Cup qualifier against Poland.
The 22-year-old was hailed by Three Lions boss Gareth Southgate as ‘exceptional’ after England’s 2-0 win over Albania over the weekend.
Southgate said he couldn’t afford to rotate Mount and he lined up against Poland on Wednesday night in the 2022 qualifier at Wembley.
Gareth Southgate (right) sweats over the condition of the English midfielder Mason Mount (left)
But his availability is now uncertain as the midfielder worked on his fitness indoors on Tuesday, away from the rest of the team at their current training base in Pennyhill Park, Bagshot.
Mount kicked off England’s 5-0 defeat to San Marino last week, scoring the second goal in the win last Sunday after starting in a three-man midfield.
When asked if he would consider restarting Mount against Poland, Southgate replied, ‘Absolutely, we took care of all players in the first game.
Southgate called Mount (left) ‘an exceptional player’ who creates opportunities and scores goals
As for his charge coming into camp, he didn’t play in the Champions League midweek. But anyway we’re trying to win and qualify for a World Cup and I can’t think about rotating the squad all the time.
“There are a lot of players missing and we tried to protect our attackers during that first part of the week. Now we have to try to win the games. ‘
Southgate had to balance the workload of players to try to reduce the risk of injury and fatigue as the 2020-21 season is more congested than ever.
Manchester United forward Marcus Rashford had to withdraw from England’s lineup last week with a foot problem, while Arsenal youngster Bukayo Saka also had to withdraw from the squad ahead of the game against Albania due to an injury.
Mount has had a great season with Chelsea and became a key player for Southgate
Southgate is now sweating over Mount’s fitness for their toughest opponent on their way to Qatar. He was the only member of the 24-man squad to miss the session on Tuesday, but the issue is not considered serious.
Southgate will be able to provide an update on Mount today at 6pm when he addresses the media.
The English boss praised the Chelsea midfielder last week, saying: ‘He’s a really good player. I said this in the fall, but I suppose Thomas Tuchel is picking him now, everyone will agree. When it was Frank Lampard, it didn’t count for some reason.
‘He is an exceptional player, intelligently finds space, handles the ball very well, creates opportunities and scores goals. I thought his performance was excellent tonight. ‘
Mount has started seven games in a row for England and has had a great season at Stamford Bridge, despite initially losing his place in the team after Thomas Tuchel came in as manager.