Pundit slams Chelsea player who was 'so poor' at the World Cup

Gabby Agbonlahor has attacked Mason Mount’s overall performance for England against the USA on Friday.

Speaking on talkSPORT, Agbonlahor tore into the Chelsea forward following his underwhelming World Cup exhibition in the face of the United States.

Mount is certainly not free from criticism after failing to deliver the goods on matchday two in Qatar.

Gareth Southgate started the 23-year-old for a successive match, having witnessed an excellent display in the prior fixture versus Iran.

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Southgate named an unchanged line-up from that 6-2 demolition on opening night, with Mount taking up the position behind the front line once again.

This set-up may have worked wonders against Iran, but the United States presented an entirely different challenge.

Had it not been for several wasted chances, the Stars and Stripes arguably should’ve claimed victory in the Al Bayt stadium.

They outperformed England, yet could not muster the killer edge to sunk their pals from across the pond.

Mount made the scapegoat for England failure

As good as the USA were, the Three Lions were a roaring failure, with many of the pack playing well below their typically exceptional levels.  

“I was frustrated watching it just how poor Mason Mount was. I do like Mason Mount, I do feel people can get on his back. But he was so poor all game, and he looked like he had energy,” said Agbonlahor.

“He didn’t look one of the players that looked tired. He was running after defenders, running after the keeper. But everything he was doing was wrong.

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“His passing was wrong, his decision making was wrong. And when you’ve got a player like Phil Foden there, just bring him on.”

It was definitely not a day to remember for Mount, although another international cap on his CV shouldn’t be sneered at.

Unfortunately, he might have to wait a little longer to add further England appearances to his resume.

There is a great clammer for Phil Foden to start ahead of the Stamford Bridge star for the encounter with Wales on Tuesday.

Foden did not play a single minute of the 0-0 draw with the USA, to the surprise of so many.

"Nathaniel is a football journalist who graduated from the University of Derby. He worked at Burton Albion as part of their media team for two years. Nathaniel produced 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. Nathaniel is a full-time writer for the Chelsea Chronicle, and was formerly their social media man. His footballing career reached the sparkling heights of winning the Under-13s Bloxham Tournament in 2011."