'I was torn': Carragher only wants one Chelsea player to start England's next Euro 2020 tie

Mason Mount was the only Chelsea star to get Jamie Carragher’s approval ahead of England’s European Championship clash against the Czech Republic.

Writing for the Telegraph, Carragher laid out his preferred XI for the Three Lions final group game.

Mount made the cut, leaving his two Blues teammates behind him.

The 22-year-old has played in both fixtures, performing excellently in England’s opening win over Croatia.

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His performance was a little restrained in the follow-up draw with Scotland, but he was not alone.

Reece James also started the Scottish stalemate, whilst Ben Chilwell is yet to feature in the competition.

England are still in a strong position to qualify for the knockout stages, but cannot yet guarantee a top-two finish.

Therefore, Gareth Southgate’s selection must be spot in order to secure progression.

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Mount makes Carragher’s team

If he were to take Carragher’s advice, Mount would be the one Chelsea representative to face the Czechs.  

“Kyle Walker’s experience was missed against Scotland, and I do not think Reece James did enough to keep him out,” said the former Liverpool defender.

“As well as Kieran Trippier played against Croatia, Luke Shaw is worth persisting with for his attacking threat because England sure to have more possession against the Czechs.

“Jack Grealish’s time has come. I was torn between playing Phil Foden more centrally or sticking with Mason Mount. Mount stays, for me.”

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Chop and change for Chilwell and James

Carragher failing to even mention Chilwell highlights his standing within England’s pecking order.

Trippier began the Croatia match at left-back, despite Southgate having two natural options in his camp.

Shaw then got the nod to play Scotland, leaving Chelsea’s £45m (BBC Sport) signing to remain as a substitute.

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James and Walker swapped roles for the first two ties and it now seems a straight shoot for the right-back slot between the Champions League finalist.

Even Mount’s place is not necessarily secure, such is the quality of attacking talent at England’s fingertips.

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Nathaniel is a football journalist who graduated from the University of Derby. He has worked at Burton Albion as part of their media team for two years. Nathaniel produces 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.