Alan Shearer was certain that Chelsea midfielder Mason Mount must start for England at the European Championships.

Speaking on Vibe with Five, Shearer suggested which attacking players Gareth Southgate should begin with at the tournament.

Other than Harry Kane, all positions in forward areas are still up for grabs.

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There is some serious talent competing against one another.

Jack Grealish, Jadon Sancho, Marcus Rashford, Bukayo Saka and Raheem Sterling are all vying for a spot in Southgate’s side.

Mount must start, says Shearer

However, Shearer said that for him, only Mount and Manchester City’s Phil Foden should be guaranteed a place alongside Kane.

“There is no doubt that I would find a space for Mason Mount and Phil Foden in that England set up,” said the legendary Newcastle United striker.

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“Mount possibly in the ten position, Foden to the left and probably Raheem Sterling to start off with on the right.

“Without a doubt, I would find a place in the team for Foden and Mount in the team.

“They went head to head in the Champions League final and they are seriously two talented youngsters.”

Two of the country’s finest

Neither Mount nor Foden featured in England’s two friendly fixtures ahead of their Euros campaign because of their European exploits.

Both experienced excellent individual seasons with Chelsea and City respectively.

England now have a Champions League and Premier League winner in their ranks, which should be a massive boost for the team.

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Foden just pipped Mount to the PFA Young Player of the Year award, but did receive Chelsea’s Player of the Season prize instead.

The 22-year-old Blues star made 54 appearances in the last campaign, directly contributing to 18 goals – scoring nine and assisting nine.

So often the young pair have been pitted against each other at club level.

Finally, the world can potentially revel in their combined abilities for their country.

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