Mason Mount received some big praise in the media for his England performance on Monday night.
England played their final match before the World Cup yesterday at Wembley Stadium against Germany, with the two rivals playing out a thrilling 3-3 draw in the Nations League.
Mount, who’s started the season slowly in Chelsea colours, didn’t get on the pitch last week during England’s defeat to Italy.
Three Lions boss Gareth Southgate named the Blues star on his bench again last night against Germany, but a lively cameo display reminded everybody of his quality.
Mason Mount England performance
Chelsea’s attacking midfielder put in a brilliant shift for England when substituted on midway through the second half.
Mount, along with fellow substitute Bukayo Saka, injected the spark going forward that was so desperately needed.
Chelsea’s playmaker even scored his fifth England goal with a superb first time finish.
His contribution was credited in the media’s player ratings:
The Evening Standard wrote: “Impressed off the bench to boost his chances of forcing his way into Southgate’s preferred World Cup XI. His finish was excellent. 8/10.”
In addition, Sky Sports applauded Mount: “A brilliantly taken goal from a player that needs some goals and assists to set him up for the season. A confidence-boosting cameo with lots of other good moments.”
Time to kick on
All Chelsea fans will hope last night acts as catalyst in Mount’s season.
He’s looked very quiet in the opening couple of months of the campaign, but that’s largely down to the incredible high standards he’s set in recent years at Stamford Bridge.
There’s no doubt the Blues need a fully firing Mount to rediscover their best football.
Backed by club and international teammate Reece James in an interview yesterday, Mount sent a little reminder of what he can do as he earned his 32nd England cap against Germany.
He provides incredible energy and enthusiasm when he’s in the mood, plus he’s got quality in front of goal. People have been quick to forget that he scored 13 goals and made 16 assists across all competitions last season, so you’d be foolish to write him off too early.