'He could': Sky pundit suggests Southgate may leave Chelsea player out of England XI at the World Cup

Clinton Morrison has suggested that Chelsea’s Mason Mount could lose a spot in the England starting XI to Leicester City’s James Maddison.

England boss Gareth Southgate officially named his 26-man squad earlier this week that will be travelling to Qatar for the World Cup.

Chelsea fans have been celebrating the inclusions of Mount, Raheem Sterling, and Conor Gallagher. In particular, it surprised many that Blues youngster Gallagher booked his spot on the plane.

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Sky Sports pundit Morrison reckons that Mount could miss out on the England starting line-up because of Maddison’s long-awaited return.

There’s some really talented attacking midfielders in the Three Lions squad, with Mount a player that’s played a lot of football under Southgate.

However, Leicester’s playmaker, Maddison, is now back in the group after a three-year absence and is in incredible form.

When asked where Maddison could fit into the England team, Morrison told Sky Sports: “He could get in ahead of Mount. I like Mount. I think Mount is a good player… But you play a player who’s in form.”

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Mount has looked a dead cert to start for England during a lot of Southgate’s reign, but you do question if that’s still the case going into this tournament.

If fit and firing, Chelsea’s talisman needs to be playing.

However, the Blues star hasn’t looked at his very best this season, especially when you look at how some of his England rivals are doing.

Let’s hope that Mount can give himself some real momentum by scoring and dropping a Chelsea masterclass in Saturday evening’s trip to Newcastle United in the Premier League.

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Dom is a Chelsea supporter who has worked in online publishing for more than six years. Graduated from Staffordshire University in 2016, he now writes exclusively for The Chelsea Chronicle covering news, analysis and match coverage. He enjoys the dream position of writing about his boyhood club, which seems to be involved in more drama every single day than an episode of The Bill. Aside from his love for Chelsea, he supports and follows the England cricket team. He also fancies himself as the Sunday League version of Michael Essien.