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England coach Southgate praises ‘exceptional’ Mount

England coach Southgate praises 'exceptional' Mount
England coach Southgate praises 'exceptional' Mount

After Mason Mount scored in England’s 2-0 win over Albania on Sunday, Gareth Southgate praised his performance and said the Chelsea midfielder had a better chance to start their next 2022 World Cup qualifier against Poland.

Thanks to the goals scored by Mount and Kane in Tirana, Southgate’s side led Group I with six points after two games, two points ahead of Poland and Hungary.

“I thought his performance was excellent,” Southgate said.

“He is an exceptional player, he finds space intelligently, he manipulates the ball very well, he creates chances and he scores goals.”

Mount has started seven of England’s last eight games, and Southgate said he was in contention to play against Poland on Wednesday.

“Absolutely,” he said. “We’ve looked after all the players in the first game. As for his load coming into the camp, he didn’t play in the midweek in the Champions League.

“But regardless of that, we are trying to win and qualify for a World Cup and I can’t be constantly thinking about rotating the squad.

“We’ve got a lot of players missing and we’ve tried to protect our forward players through that first part of the week. Now we have just got to try and win the games.”

Written by Quincy Charles

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