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Speaking ahead of Chelsea’s game with Porto on Tuesday evening, football greats Rio Ferdinand, Gary Lineker, Joe Cole and Glenn Hoddle spoke highly of Mason Mount, and how important he is to the England squad.
Mason Mount has fought off criticism while starring for Chelsea and is a key player for both club and country.
The four pundits all agreed that Mount doesn’t get enough credit because he’s not flashy enough, and all rated him to be a starter for England in the Euros.
Rio Ferdinand told BT Sport: “We can talk about ability and how he plays etc, but one thing that is not in doubt is his character.
“For one so young to be criticised the way he has been, [which was] because he’s not an Instagram-friendly player.
“He isn’t a player who does loads of skill and stepovers and has a showreel on Instagram.
“He’s about output and influencing games, taking a game by the scruff of the neck at a critical moment. And he’s someone I think that will continue to grow and he relishes being under the spotlight.
“If we’re talking about England, he starts. Where he plays, you can sort that out.”
Ex-Chelsea star Joe said: “Whether he starts is not even a question, Gareth’s just thinking, ‘He’s in the team, who do I put around him?’.
“What he does that the Grealishes and Maddisons can’t is he can play deeper, he’s more responsible with the ball, but he’s also got that bit of magic.”
Three Lions 1998 World Cup manager Hoddle added: “What I like about him, it is about his end product.
“There are other players who do flashier things, his end product is that turn we saw last week [to score against Porto], that’s the place on the pitch and the time to do it.
“Not on the halfway line to put your goal at threat, he does it with end product.”