Joe Cole shares whether he would recall Mason Mount to England XI vs Senegal

Joe Cole claims he would recall Chelsea star Mason Mount to the England line-up this weekend against Senegal.

Gareth Southgate’s England side breezed through their group at the World Cup, but now face African champions Senegal in the last-16 of the tournament.

Mount, who started the opening two matches of the competition, was left on the bench for the final group game.

The 23-year-old attacking midfielder has been a regular during Southgate’s reign, but will the England boss want to disrupt a starting XI that beat Wales 3-0 earlier this week?

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Mason Mount against Senegal

Pundit Joe Cole has said in his Telegraph column that Mount would be in his starting line-up against Senegal.

“In midfield I would bring Mason Mount back into the side for Senegal in place of Jordan Henderson. In that role Mason is fresh. He has experience and he is more defensively minded than others,” Cole wrote.

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There’s likely to be plenty of debate and discussions around the side Southgate names on the weekend, but who he uses from the bench could be just as important as the starting team.

For Mount, he brings a lot to the England XI with his high energy and desire to get on the ball in a creative midfield position.

Jamie Carragher has explained the Chelsea man is going to be a fresh option going into the Senegal game after being rested against Wales.

Many will argue that Mount is competing with attacking teammates such as Phil Foden, Jack Grealish, Bukayo Saka, Raheem Sterling and Marcus Rashford for a spot in the XI. However, those names may be vying for just two wide spots in the side.

In our view, Mount is in direct competition with Liverpool skipper Jordan Henderson to complete a midfield trio alongside Declan Rice and Jude Bellingham.

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