BBC pundit Chris Sutton believes Mason Mount’s work rate out of possession has given him the edge over Jack Grealish in England’s midfield.
Mount made England’s starting line-up as part of a front three alongside Marcus Rashford and Dominic Calvert-Lewin for the UEFA Nations League clash against Belgium on Sunday (11 October).
England manager Gareth Southgate’s selection wasn’t well received by some fans, however, who believe Mount’s inclusion came at the expense of in-form Grealish.
Former Chelsea and Aston Villa striker Sutton is excited about the competition between the two midfielders but has a theory on why Southgate put his faith in Mount for the Belgium game.
He wrote in his column for the Daily Mail: “The battle between Mason Mount and Jack Grealish for a slot in this team is an interesting one.
“You suspect Southgate views Mount as more reliable, perhaps more trustworthy when out of possession.
“But England did look like Grealish could come in handy when they were struggling to have any joy up front in the first half.
“That will be an intriguing battle ahead of next summer.”
Southgate’s faith paid off in the end after Mount’s deflected goal secured three points for England and took them to the top of their Nations League group.
Mount, along with fellow Chelsea teammates Ben Chilwell, Reece James and Tammy Abraham, will remain with the England squad for the next Nations League clash – against Denmark on Wednesday (14 October).
They will then return to Chelsea for their Premier League fixture against Southampton on Saturday (17 October).