Mason Mount says he wants to play against 'brilliant' Chelsea teammate at Euro 2020

Mason Mount handed his Chelsea colleague, Billy Gilmour, a strong review ahead of England and Scotland’s European Championship contest today.

Speaking to the club website, Mount was looking forward to potentially facing his Blues partner at Wembley this evening.

Give Gilmour a go

1996 was the last time the two nations faced each other at an international tournament, so the stakes are seismic.

Even more so for Scotland, who need a positive result if they are to keep their campaign alive.

Steve Clarke’s side fell were defeated at Hampden Park by the Czech Republic on Monday, with Gilmour an unused substitute.

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Pundits from across the board have insisted the young Scot should start tonight in the titanic home nations bout.

Ashley Cole and Jose Mourinho both asked Clarke to use Chelsea’s young midfielder from the outset against England.

Mount ready to face Chelsea teammate

Doing so would pit Gilmour face to face with some of his fellow Blues stars.

Reece James is tipped to return at right-back, whilst Mount is almost guaranteed a place in Gareth Southgate’s line-up.

The 22-year-old admitted his excitement to potentially being Gilmour’s opponent, an individual he rates very highly.

“Billy’s a brilliant player,” said Mount.

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“I was always interested in his development and obviously seeing him make the step up and playing in the first team and seeing how well he’s been doing, it’s been brilliant to see.

“I’m very close with him, along with (Ben) Chilly as well.

“We’re close and he’s doing really well and I’m obviously looking forward to playing against him.”

Blues young guns

Mount and Gilmour were both raised through Chelsea’s academy, although the former is slightly ahead in his progression.

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And the England midfielder is certainly in front in terms of appearances domestically.

In 2020/21, Mount played 54 times across all competitions for the Blues.  

That’s 43 more than Gilmour managed in the same period.

However, previous figures or form will go out of the window when England welcomes Scotland to their home stadium in a few hours’ time.

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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.