Ashley Cole said he would still play Chelsea gem Mason Mount in England’s next European Championship match despite his period of isolation.
Speaking on ITV after Gareth Southgate’s side defeated the Czech Republic last night, Cole was discussing Mount’s possible inclusion for the upcoming knockout bout.
The 22-year-old missed yesterday’s victory due to covid19 protocols.
He and Ben Chilwell came into close contact with Billy Gilmour after the trio did battle last Friday.
All three missed their nation’s final group game, as Scotland and Gilmour crashed out of the competition.
Mount and Chilwell must separate from the group until the 28th of May, a day before the round of 16 clash.
Cole backs his fellow Blue
Although the Chelsea midfielder won’t be training with Gareth Southgate’s group, Cole believes he has enough in reserve to warrant a start next Tuesday.
“I think Gareth mentioned before the game, will Mason be ready, having not trained for five days,” said the former Chelsea defender.
“I would still play him, I still think he has an impact.
“He presses, he’s aggressive, he wins you the ball back. It’s difficult to drop top players.
“I think at the moment, he’s proved for Chelsea, he’s been very important for this England team in terms of trying to regain the ball.
“I still would go with the players I trust.”
Mount for the mammoth occasion
Before his forced segregation, Mount had started both England’s Euro 2020 fixtures.
In fact, ahead of the Czech Republic victory, he had only missed three internationals since his debut in 2019.
Fortunately, the Three Lions just about coped without him, but a much sterner test is on the horizon.
Southgate’s team could face any one of Germany, France, Portugal or even Hungary in the elimination phase.
All hands on deck will be needed for the first three, while Hungary cannot be underestimated.
Can England risk being without Mount in their lineup? Evidence suggests perhaps not.