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Mason Mount is having a wonderful season, and it couldn’t get any better for the 20-year-old who scored his first England goal in the Three Lions 4-0 thumping of Kosovo.
Mount scored the fourth goal of the game – a stoppage time goal having entered the game as a substitute in the 73rd minute, and his first for England at senior level – and the 37th goal for the Three Lions in the group stage, as England won for a seventh time in eight games.
Mount has now scored five goals this season, having netted four goals so far for Chelsea in what is a breakthrough campaign for the young midfielder.
There was also a first senior England appearance for Fikayo Tomori, who came off the bench to replace Trent Alexander-Arnold in the closing stages of the game.
See Southgate’s line-up below
England starting XI v Kosovo: Pope, Alexander-Arnold, Chilwell, Rice, Maguire, Mings, Sterling, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Kane, Winks, Hudson-Odoi.
Substitutes: Pickford, Henderson, Trippier, Rose, Stones, Tomori, Maddison, Mount, Sancho, Rashford, Wilson, Abraham.
Southgate has revealed he is delighted to be blessed with a group of young, hungry players – many of whom ply their trade for Chelsea.
“But I would imagine that Sven thought the same of Beckham, Scholes, Carrick, Gerrard, Lampard,” Southgate says.
“If you’re the England manager, you’re normally in a reasonably privileged position. We have given young players their opportunity ahead of their time, which has given us a greater depth.
“There’s nothing better than seeing the smile on Tammy Abraham’s face when he gets his first goal for England [on Thursday]. That almost makes everything worthwhile.”