'Kept it so simple': BBC pundit raves about 'brilliant' Chelsea star after his international display

Former Chelsea goalkeeper Rob Green was in awe of Mason Mount’s exhibition for England yesterday evening, speaking on BBC Radio Five Live.

Mount only featured for 45 minutes in the Three Lions 5-0 World Cup qualifiers win over San Marino at Wembley last night.

This was more than enough time for Chelsea’s brilliant midfielder to showcase his talents.

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According to WhoScored.com, Mount made eight key passes, more than anyone who featured in the match, and claimed the assist for Raheem Sterling’s goal, which was England’s third of the tie.

He totally dictated proceedings and would’ve enjoyed another half of the same had Gareth Southgate not removed him at the interval.  

Green was an enthralled spectator whilst on commentary duty and had nothing but praise for Mount in his post-match analysis.

The ex-Blues ‘keeper said: “I think he’s (Mount) becoming a more and more important player.

“He’s doing it for Chelsea and tonight I thought he was brilliant and the link-up that he had.

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“He did it in such an unspectacular way. He kept it so simple.

“You were looking at people thinking, they could have got carried away and do too much in and around the penalty area.

“He just kept it fast and crisp and at most it was two touches. He just kept the ball moving.

“That, against a team like San Marino, kills them. I’ve got the names (Ben) Chilwell, Mount and (Jesse) Lingard written in front of me.

“I thought those three working between themselves were excellent.”

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Granted, San Marino are very much the Sunday League team of international football.

However, this shouldn’t detract from how marvellous Mount was on the day.

Everything he did was achieved with purpose and precision.

This is nothing new to Chelsea fans, but it’s just a joy to watch him replicating it in an England shirt.

I think he will be captain for club and country within the next five to seven years. Thank me later.  

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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.