Statistics sent to Southgate highlight significance of Chelsea player at WC

Report: Official FIFA statistics sent to Southgate highlight significance of Chelsea player at the World Cup

Mason Mount has perhaps been the wrongful victim of blame for England’s drab 0-0 draw against the USA.

According to the Telegraph, Gareth Southgate received an official data report from FIFA following that stalemate that suggested Mount offered more in the match than met the eye.

The Chelsea forward was subject to some searing criticism after his display in Qatar on Friday.

He has always divided opinion amongst England fans, as they believe the 23-year-old is too favoured by his international manager.

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Mount started the clash with the United States, ahead of the flashier duo Phil Foden and Jack Grealish.

Foden failed to play a single minute of the latest World Cup match, whilst Grealish had to wait his turn off the bench.

Supporters and some pundits questioned the Three Lions’ manager for not bringing on the Manchester City duo, and why Mount lasted the full match.

He is not viewed as game-changer like his two compatriots; more a tireless cog in the larger machine.

Yet, the stats Southgate obtained from FIFA tell a slightly different story.

Mount worked hard for World Cup glory

The Telegraph explain that Mount was the only England player to force American goalkeeper Matt Turn into a save before the 86th minute.

Chelsea’s academy product was also the only England player aside from Harry Kane to register two attempts at goal.

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It should come as no surprise that Mount topped his team’s pressing statistics, whilst also covering the second-highest distance in terms of metres (11,038), second only to Declan Rice.

His 62 sprints were again the best for Southgate’s side.

His attempt to receive the ball on 82 occasions was level with Bellingham and only fewer than Rice.

Whilst these numbers may not have changed the cause of the result, it shows that Mount was doing his upmost to swing the tie in his nations’ favour.  

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