Gareth Southgate has high hopes for Mason Mount.
With Jordan Henderson currently injured, somebody needs to play in the deep-lying midfield role for England.
The Three Lions head coach believes Mount can cover that position despite not playing there for Chelsea. He could pair up with Declan Rice in England’s upcoming game against Albania.
“They did very well in the game we played against Iceland,” said Southgate at his pre-match press conference.
“Obviously that deeper position, Mason doesn’t play for his club but I think it’s possible for him. He’s a very intelligent player, he can play four, eight or 10. I think he would be able to adjust as required.
“There’s no doubt the balance of those two is good. But equally, James Ward-Prowse was good (against San Marino) the other day and Kalvin Phillips is in excellent form as well.
“It’s an area on the pitch where we are starting to get some options. It’s been great to have Jude (Bellingham) with us as well. Like almost every position on the pitch we have a lot of competition for places.”
Mount’s versatility and work-rate has made him a dream player for all managers. His eagerness to adapt and learn is what makes him such a key player for both club and country.