Former Chelsea player Paul Canoville has claimed on Twitter that Mason Mount was the star player for England in the World Cup today.

The Three Lions put on a stellar performance as they kicked off their tournament with a 6-2 win over Iran.

Every player Gareth Southgate selected performed to a high standard, with Mount in particular showing why he was picked.

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This will no doubt do him the world of good, with a number of pundits calling for him to not start in the build up to today’s game.

Another player who impressed greatly was Jude Bellingham, who is linked with a move to Stamford Bridge in the summer.

The teenager was praised by every pundit who watched the game today, after scoring a fine header on his impressive World Cup debut.

Canoville impressed by Mount

However, Canoville has claimed in a tweet late in the game that Chelsea’s Mount was the standout player on the pitch.

He said: “Loving the acclaim Bellingham is getting as he’s been superb. Mason Mount the stand out for me though.”

If Gareth Southgate had any questions over starting the 23-year-old in a more attacking system for England, the first 45 minutes in particular showed him that he got things spot on in their curtain raiser.

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If the Three Lions resort to a back five, perhaps when Kyle Walker returns to full fitness, the change in system required will probably see Mount drop to the bench.

However, today the Chelsea man showed immaculate understanding with his fellow attackers, whilst also bringing the tireless work rate Blues fans know him well for.

He will be hoping his performance today is enough for him to show Southgate what he can bring to the side, who will no doubt be feeling on top of the world after their opening fixture.

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