Gareth Southgate admits he can’t afford to spin ‘exceptional’ Mason Mount, with the Chelsea star set to play again in England’s World Cup qualifier against Poland.
- Gareth Southgate has said that Mason Mount is likely to start against Poland
- The English boss called Mount ‘exceptional’ and said he ‘creates opportunities’
- Southgate said England ‘should have scored more goals’ in the victory over Albania
Gareth Southgate is poised to give Mason Mount his seventh international start in a row in Wednesday’s pivotal showdown against Poland, as the midfielder solidifies his place as one of England’s untouchables.
After starting his win over San Marino last Thursday, Mount was back on the squad for Sunday night’s win in Albania, scoring England’s second goal.
Southgate has carefully handled the workload of its players during training and games to protect them from fatigue and injury.
Gareth Southgate (left) has admitted he can’t afford to run star player Mason Mount (right)
But the English boss has indicated that the Chelsea midfielder will be in his starting team for Wednesday’s crucial World Cup qualifier against Poland at Wembley.
When asked if he would consider restarting Mount against Poland, Southgate replied, ‘Absolutely, we took care of all players in the first game.
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 became raved about Mount’s contribution on Sunday night, adding, as he emerged as a key figure in his plans, “He’s a very 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.
Southgate called Mount (left) ‘an exceptional player’ who creates opportunities and scores goals
‘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. ‘
England dominated Albania for the most part, but Southgate was not completely satisfied with his team’s performance.
“We controlled the game very well, but we should have scored more,” said the England manager. ‘I didn’t like the way we checked the last 15 minutes, there were some decisions that had to be better in order to score more or not to put pressure.
‘I am very happy with two good performances, but I insist on a little more because that is the standard we want to set as a top team.
‘We have to keep pushing this group. There is a lot of talk about what we could be, but if we want to perform, we have to set really high standards. We enjoy winning, but I think we can improve. ‘
Southgate also defended Harry Kane as he fell deep, saying it helps create space for runners
Harry Kane ended his six-game drought in the international goal with the England opener before founding Mount’s second.
Still, his role within the team, especially his tendency to plunge deeply, was a major topic of conversation after the win.
“Harry falls exceptionally deep,” Southgate said. In the first half it was difficult to find space, so he dragged their center out again and created space for others.
‘I love that part of his game. He helps overburden midfield and as long as we bring in runners to exploit that space, that’s no problem. ‘