Rooney thinks Foden is a better footballer than Chelsea player

Wayne Rooney believes Manchester City’s Phil Foden is a better football technically than Chelsea forward Mason Mount.

Writing for the Times, Rooney urged Gareth Southgate to pick Foden over Mount for England’s next World Cup game due to the difference in sporting talent.

Foden has been forced to watch his compatriot from the bench for the first two matches in Qatar.

Mount was marvellous in England’s 6-2 trashing of Iran, but was mediocre in the subsequent stalemate with the USA.

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Chelsea’s 23-year-old academy graduate played the full 90-minutes of the drab 0-0 on Friday, with some questioning how he managed to last that long.

The anguish of many was heightened by the fact Foden didn’t even get on to the pitch.

England needed the ingenuity of the City forward to spark the tie into life, yet Gareth Southgate saw otherwise.

Mount or Foden?

Ahead of the Three Lions’ final group match against Wales, there is an almighty clammer for Foden to be thrown into the starting XI, potentially in place of Mount.

“I know Mount did very well against Iran and that he gives you a lot in terms of work rate and energy, but sometimes you need to just let your flair players and your better footballers go and influence games,” admitted Rooney.

“That is why, if I were the England manager, I would make sure to get Foden on the pitch.”

Whilst Mount is brilliant at what he does – working tirelessly and intelligently – he isn’t quite at Foden’s level in terms of technique on the ball.

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There is something mesmerising about the City star whenever he is in possession.

He glides effortlessly across the surface, and is no stranger to where the goal is.

It might be a straight shoot-out between him and Mount for a place in England’s XI from here on out at the World Cup.

"Nathaniel is a football journalist who graduated from the University of Derby. He worked at Burton Albion as part of their media team for two years. Nathaniel produced regular articles for the club’s official website and match-day programme. He covered the 2018 U20 Women’s World Cup in Brittany and has reported from grounds ranging from non-league up to the Premier League. Nathaniel is a full-time writer for the Chelsea Chronicle, and was formerly their social media man. His footballing career reached the sparkling heights of winning the Under-13s Bloxham Tournament in 2011."