Reports have claimed that Gareth Southgate is set to start Mason Mount for England’s final group game against Wales tonight.

According to The Sun, the midfielder will start for the third consecutive match, however Raheem Sterling will drop to the bench in a rotated attack.

Last time out, the Three Lions were held to a dismal 0-0 draw with USA.

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Given Chelsea’s Christian Pulisic arguably came closest to opening the scoring from outside the box, it shows the lack of chances produced by England.

Predictably, a lot of the blame fell at Mount’s door for what was an extremely average performance by his standards.

Despite the likes of Bukayo Saka and Harry Kane enduring poor displays, criticism quickly shifted to the 23-year-old Blue and his selection over Manchester City’s Phil Foden.

Mount set to start for England

After scoring in the opening match against Iran, it was an equally tough evening for Sterling on the left.

The 0-0 has seen Southgate reportedly look to switch things up in an attempt to return to winning ways ahead of the knockout stage of the competition.

According to The Sun, Sterling is one of those who are set to drop to the bench, although Mount, as well as reported Chelsea target Declan Rice are set to start again.

The report goes on to say that while the West Ham man will continue, fellow Blues target Jude Bellingham is set to drop to the bench.

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With Chelsea fans knowing better than most just how influential Mount is on a team despite not being involved in goals, they will likely be delighted to see that he has maintained his international manager’s faith to feature again.

Dropping the 23-year-old would surely be a large dent in his confidence after what has already been a tough season so far for Chelsea.

If they are to turn things around, he will be key to the revival after Christmas.

Jack is a writer for The Chelsea Chronicle. He has been a part of GRV Media since June 2022. He has a First Class Honours degree in Football Journalism from the University of Derby, graduating in 2021. Jack has experience working freelance for The Sun and The Athletic, whilst also being published for the Non-League Paper and reporting for Burton Albion's academy side. He is a lifelong Chelsea fan and will debate with anyone about everything and anything football related. He also holds a passion for gaming and music, and thinks he knows every word to every Oasis song ever released