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Chelsea youngster Mason Mount is currently ahead of Ross Barkley in the midfield pecking order at Chelsea, and both midfielders were called to the England national team for the Euro 2020 qualifying games.
Mount started ahead of Barkley in England’s 2-1 defeat to Czech Republic and it wasn’t an easy game for the Three Lions, as Barkley came in for the final 20 minutes of the game in place of Mount.
Barkley hasn’t had it going so far under Chelsea boss Frank Lampard as he’s mostly used as a second-half sub, but he was named in the starting line-up to face Bulgaria on Monday night.
Barkley’s selection in the starting team to face Bulgaria was the topic of heated debate in the ITV studio leading up to kick-off, and Manchester United legend Roy Keane bashed the Chelsea midfielder ahead of the game.
Lee Dixon said of Barkley’s selection: “He’s had a decent start for Chelsea and then just gone off the boil a bit but, again, where is his best position? Roy, where would you play him?”
Roy Keane bluntly replied: “Probably on the bench. Particularly in international football.”
Barkley then put in a stunning performance as he scored a brace and also assisted one goal to shut up his critics.
It didn’t take long for Barkley to prove himself as he assisted Marcus Rashford in the seventh minute.
Barkley’s first goal came in the 20th minute as he poked home Raheem Sterling’s cross from close-range to score the second goal.
England captain Harry Kane then assisted Barkley in the 32nd minute as the Chelsea midfielder scored the third goal for England.
Mason Mount was introduced in place of Barkley in the 72nd minute and he was close to scoring late in the game.