'I thought': Gareth Southgate makes claim about Mount after his substitute appearance for England last night

Gareth Southgate has heaped praise in his post-match press conference on Chelsea’s Mason Mount for his impact off the bench in England’s 3-3 draw with Germany.

The 23-year-old was unable to force a start for his country over these two Nations League games, however was turned to by his manager when England were in trouble at Wembley last night.

Mount’s intensity instantly brought a new complexion to the game, with The Three Lions slowly turning around momentum after going 2-0 down.

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The Blues fan favourite struck a fine long-range effort to level the scores at 2-2, with his performance and impact exactly what England fans needed to see going into a major international tournament.

One man who was particularly thankful for his performance was under-pressure Southgate, who was complimentary of the attacker.

Mount impresses Southgate

He said: “We score and the roof nearly lifts off, we all suddenly remember what it feels like to watch a goal go in and then we had really good momentum in the game.

“Then I thought Bukayo and Mason had really good contributions. I thought Jude was outstanding through the whole game, Luke Shaw considering how little football he has had, had a really positive night, then we get a punch on the nose at the end which is how it’s going at the end!”

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Blues fans will now be hoping to see more of that kind of performance from their reigning player of the year for them, with him not enjoying his best start to the campaign.

The game also proved a great occasion for Chelsea with Kai Havertz finding the net twice, with his first goal in particular showing the quality he obviously possesses.

With Reece James impressing for England too, while it was a draw on the pitch, it was certainly a victory for Graham Potter.

Jack is a football journalist who graduated from the University of Derby. He has freelanced for The Athletic and The Sun. Jack has reported live from Premier League and Championship grounds, whilst also being published in the Non League Paper.