England head coach Gareth Southgate has made a rather sarcastic claim regarding in-form Chelsea star Mason Mount. The gaffer claims Mason Mount is finally getting the credit he deserves because he now plays under Thomas Tuchel and not Frank Lampard.
Gareth Southgate has been a long-time admirer of the 22-year-old, who has now started the last seven games for the Three Lions.
During Frank Lampard’s reign as the Blues manager, many have claimed Mount only starts games because of favoritism from the Chelsea legend. Southgate says everyone else can now see what a talent the midfielder is, but sarcastically suggested it is only because he has been given the backing of new Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel.
The Chelsea star completed England’s scoring in a 2-0 win against Albania to maintain their perfect start to their World Cup qualifying campaign.
After the game, Gareth Southgate proceeded to make the following claim as quoted by Goal: “He is a great player, but I was saying this in the autumn. I suppose now that Thomas Tuchel picks him, everybody will agree. When it was Frank, it doesn’t count for some reason.”
“He is an exceptional player. He finds space intelligently, he manipulates the ball very well, he creates chances and he can score goals. I thought his performance was excellent tonight.”
Mason Mount, while reacting to another brilliant outing says he isn’t taking anything for granted.
He said: “My mentality is always that I just keep working hard to get into the team and stay in the team and just try to get as many games as I can. That is always my focus.”
“Obviously very fortunate to start the last seven games and I’m in a good place at the moment and scored tonight.”
“I am confident. I’ve just got to keep that going. Now the focus is on the next game. It is a massive game against Poland.”