Mason Mount’s accomplished performance for England at the World Cup clearly captured the eye of Jamie Redknapp.
Speaking on the Sky Sports podcast, Redknapp felt the Chelsea player’s exhibition against Iran warranted a mention.
Mount was rather unlucky that Jude Bellingham, Bukayo Saka and Raheem Sterling shone so searingly, otherwise all of the post-game plaudits would’ve been directed in his direction.
The Cobham academy scholar didn’t attract any of the major headlines due to his lack of direct goal involvement.
But this cannot detract from his all-encompassing display in Qatar yesterday.
Gareth Southgate deployed the 23-year-old just behind the front line, with Bellingham and Declan Rice nestled slightly deeper.
Thanks to solid base, Mount was allowed the freedom to drift between Iran’s defence and midfield with great independence.
He picked his moments to run into the channels superbly, and was constantly on the move in an attempt to disrupt the opponent’s shape.
Redknapp rejoices Mount
“I thought Mason Mount was exceptional today as well. I thought he was brilliant for the time he was on. He set the tempo, he won a lot of challenges,” Redknapp revelled in Mount’s marvellous showing.
“There were a few of times where there were second balls to be won; he was first to it.
“His passing was excellent. I was very impressed with him today because he would’ve felt that pressure. He hasn’t gone into this World Cup full of form. He’s been in and out of the Chelsea team this year. So I was really pleased for Mason Mount.”
Mount delivered like a man without any pressure on his shoulders.
His recent club form did make many question his possible inclusion in Southgate’s England XI leading up to the international tournament.
Any of those doubts should’ve been doused based on Monday’s demonstration.