Chelsea pair Mason Mount and Raheem Sterling will reportedly start for England again in their next World Cup fixture.

According to The Athletic, Gareth Southgate is set to name an unchanged line-up for the clash against the USA later today.

For purely performance reasons, Southgate has no real reason to tinker with the XI that smashed six past Iran on opening night.

His attacking Three Lions pack ripped apart Iran limb from limb, with almost all of them chewing down on a slice of the goalmouth action.

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Sterling and Mount shine for England

Sterling started, scored and assisted as he made strong strides to put his Stamford Bridge struggles behind him.

The 27-year-old’s goal was arguably the best of the lot; a first-time outside of the boot finish – from a player out of form – is not to be understated.

Jude Bellingham also got in on the action, opening his England and World Cup account with a header of elegant quality.

Bellingham brought purpose and confidence to a midfielder that has generally err on the side of caution.

For those apparently admiring the teenager from Stamford Bridge, they will have even more reason to pursue his signature next summer.

Amongst the other scorers and providers, Mount played a pivotal, if not underrated, role in the thrashing.

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He weaved in and out of the Iran’s attempt at a stronghold, running the channels and locating space to threaten.

Although the academy graduate did not directly create or convert a goal, his effort to ensure others’ success should not be overlooked.

Mount and Sterling will have the opportunity to showcase their skills this evening, as England gear up to challenge their pals from across the pond.

Nathaniel is a football journalist who graduated from the University of Derby. He has worked at Burton Albion as part of their media team for two years. Nathaniel produces 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.