Joe Cole has backed Mason Mount and Phil Foden to ‘do some damage together’ for England at Euro 2020 – as the two stars prepare to face each other in Saturday’s Champions League final.
Chelsea’s Mount, 22, and Manchester City’s Foden, 21, have both had exceptional seasons and now have a huge few weeks ahead of the club and country.
After the European football showpiece in Porto, they will sign up for England, with both expected to play an important role in Gareth Southgate’s team.
Phil Foden has had an exceptional season for Manchester City as they won another title
Mason Mount has helped Chelsea reach the Champions League final in fantastic form
BT Sport pundit Joe Cole is excited about the prospect of Foden and Mount starring for England
And ex-England midfielder Cole believes we should celebrate the emergence of two such technically gifted players who could inspire the national team to its long-awaited tournament success.
“They’re both great players,” Cole said. ‘I’ve been lucky enough to work with Mason at Chelsea academy and spend some time with him, so I’ve seen up close how good he is.
‘I admired Phil for many, many years when I saw him play for England under 17.
They are both peas in a pod in the sense that they have everything – they can dribble, they can find the killer pass, they attack and play in multiple positions.
‘I think they’re a shoo-in, the two, to start for Gareth and I think they’re going to be crucial parts.
Mount will be important to Gareth Southgate and England’s chances of Euro 2020 success
Foden is also entering England’s Euro 2020 campaign after an excellent season
‘We are lucky to have them and it is great to go into a Champions League final with all these great players on the field and the two brightest sparks are two technically gifted English players.
‘It shows how far we’ve come with our academy systems and the way things are done.
“They are both great players, we shouldn’t compare them, we just have to have the privilege of both being English and they are going to do some damage together at the European Championship, I’m pretty sure.”
Mount, who has proven his ability to play in almost any position in midfield, has scored nine goals this season and provided eight assists for Chelsea, scoring in the Champions League semi-finals, beating Real Madrid in the second leg.
Foden has added the Premier League and the Carabao Cup to his already impressive medal collection after scoring 16 goals and putting down a further 10 for City.
Foden celebrates scoring in Manchester City’s quarter-final return match against Dortmund
Foden posed with the Premier League trophy last weekend after City’s title success
He was excellent in both legs of City’s quarter-final draw with Borussia Dortmund and, like Mount, now has a golden opportunity to win Europe’s most important league at a young age.
Cole, who played for England 56 times, believes the pair’s natural ability makes them superior to that of Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard in the country’s acclaimed ‘Golden Generation’.
“Our systems have produced a certain type of player, but we have changed the system and now we are producing a player that is better equipped to win internationally,” he said.
‘They are tactically better than we are, coaching and development has improved tenfold. Are they mature enough now to win a tournament? That is the question.’
Cole believes City will start Saturday night’s final as favorites as they try to match Chelsea’s first Champions League success in 2012 as a member of the nouveau riche of European football.
Mount scores Chelsea’s goal in the second leg against Real Madrid to seal their last spot
Cole believes Mount and Foden are more technically gifted than some of the stars of England’s ‘Golden Generation’ he was a part of
‘It’s a fair comparison. There will undoubtedly be people at City who will feel a lot more pressure to win it than at Chelsea, ‘he said.
Chelsea has overcome that obstacle and won it. It has taken a long time because it is not easy and certain things have to go for you.
The team that won it in 2012 was the year it would be for Chelsea. For City we will know on Saturday evening at 11pm.
“I’m sure there is so much emphasis on winning it at Manchester City that they are going to push it more if you want, more than Chelsea.”
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