England manager Gareth Southgate singled Chelsea star Mason Mount out for praise after his midweek performance in the Nations League.
The Three Lions signed off their Nations League competition with a 4-0 victory at Wembley against Iceland and players will now return to their clubs as the international break reaches its conclusion.
Mount was once again named in the England XI on Wednesday night and was deployed in a central midfield position alongside childhood best friend Declan Rice.
Rice opened the scoring with a header after just 20 minutes, before shortly after Mount got on the scoresheet.
Chelsea’s 21-year-old manoeuvred space for himself superbly well in a crowded penalty area and tucked in a finish with his left foot, while in the second-half Manchester City’s Phil Foden scored twice.
Southgate admitted he was impressed with Mount’s latest England performance, as he picked him out in his post-match comments.
“It was good to see Mason in that central area again and I thought he made excellent forward runs, our attacking play was very, very good,” Southgate said, as quoted by Sky Sports’ Main Event channel (10:17pm, 18 November).
Versatile star Mount has been used in a variety of different position for both club and country, but looked right at home in the centre of the park against Iceland and he was given a licence to push forward against a lesser opponent.
The creative playmaker is a key part of Frank Lampard’s plans at Stamford Bridge and will be hoping to start in Chelsea’s Premier League fixture with Newcastle United at the weekend, but it may be worth noting he’s played a lot of football during the international break.