Southgate questioned for his Mason Mount decision against Czech Republic

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Chelsea midfielder Mason Mount was rewarded with a first England start against Czech Republic on Friday following a fine start to the season.

Mount have started all eight Premier League games for Chelsea, scoring four goals.

Former QPR midfielder Shaun Derry has questioned Gareth Southgate’s decision to start Mount in England’s 2-1 defeat to Czech.

Derry wasn’t impressed with Mount’s performance against Czech Republic.

“We got our lines completely wrong, from the defensive lines into the midfielders,” Derry told talkSPORT.

“It’s just where people, especially the midfielders, sit in front of the back four, where they reset, I never felt we got that right last night.

“I felt we were very flat as a midfield pairing.

“I didn’t really feel that we quite saw what the Mason Mount player is for England.

“He didn’t seem recognisable to what we’ve been witnessing for Chelsea this year.

“I don’t know if [Southgate] put him in the wrong position or it was the wrong game to play him, but I just think we got our balance completely wrong last night.

“I just thought our first pass was flat, I thought we played too square when the midfielders got the ball.

“We never really kind of broke the lines, we didn’t really combine particularly well, we didn’t take control of the midfield.

“We never really had eight, nine, 10 passes where you’re patient and then you can go and burst through the lines with the wide players that we had.

“Everything was really flat and kind of lethargic. It was just one of them performances that sometimes you get, you get them sometimes, you can’t just continually go on the rise all the time.”

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