Jude Bellingham's and Declan Rice's wordless reactions after Chelsea player's World Cup display yesterday

England midfielders Declan Rice and Jude Bellingham have both taken to Instagram to praise Mason Mount’s performance yesterday.

The Chelsea man started alongside the pair in a youthful and energetic midfield three as England got their World Cup campaign underway with a 6-2 victory over Iran.

It was Bellingham who opened the scoring for the Three Lions, with his goal being a nice summary of what was a sensational display.

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Mount certainly didn’t disappoint either. This is despite a number of pundits calling for him to be dropped ahead of the tournament.

His performance seems to have impressed his international teammates too. Both Rice and Bellingham dropped heart emojis in response to the 23-year-old’s Instagram post.

Bellingham and Rice praise Mount

The pair are strongly linked with a move to Stamford Bridge in a future transfer window.

Bellingham in particular is reported to be set to attract interest from all of Europe’s very top clubs. Liverpool and Real Madrid are reportedly at the front of the queue to get a deal done.

They may feel like Rice is the more likely option to bring into the club, given his connections to the club from his youth.

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He spent a lot of his academy days with the club, where he formed a strong relationship with Mount that remains to this day.

Blues fans may be hoping this friendship plays a role in Rice choosing his next destination, with the team who secures his services certain to be getting a lot stronger in midfield.

The current Chelsea man meanwhile will be hoping his performance has done enough to prove himself as a must-start to Gareth Southgate.

With there always being the potential of a system change, rotation is almost always guaranteed under the current manager based on previous experiences.

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.