FORMER England internationals Ian Wright and Ashley Cole have each launched staunch defences of England star Mason Mount.
The Chelsea ace has been on the receiving finish of criticism, notably from those that favor Aston Villa midfielder Jack Grealish.
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Mason Mount lined up alongside Jack Grealish for England final eveningCredit score: Reuters
Wright and Cole have been each in attendance at WembleyCredit score: Getty – Pool
Three Lions boss Gareth Southgate has finished his finest to minimize the comparisons.
And the 2 ITV pundits imagine that the stick thrown Mount’s approach is ‘disgraceful’.
Earlier than final evening’s comfy 3-0 win over Ireland, Wright, 57, stated: “You understand what? I believe it’s disgraceful the way in which individuals have talked about Mason Mount getting his berth in entrance of whoever.
“Mount is in there on credit score and what he’s capable of do. It’s unfair the quantity of stick he will get for being chosen by Gareth.”
Chelsea legend Cole, 39, added: “You’ll be able to’t examine them [Grealish and Mount].
“The standard that Mason brings to not simply this England crew however the Chelsea crew. He brings that power, the willingness to run and graft.
“I’ve heard Roy [Keane] point out it a whole lot of instances about that want and work ethic: it’s a should and it’s a normal.
“He brings that week in week out however with high quality as effectively so I believe it’s unfair to check them.”
The duo have been in opposition within the Premier LeagueCredit score: AFP – Getty
Southgate not too long ago made a joke at Aston Villa followers’ expense over their impassioned marketing campaign for Grealish, 25, to be taking part in extra for his nation.
He informed The Telegraph: “I suppose on that you simply’re referring to Mason, whose solely crime is to not be Jack in the mean time.
“I’m additionally conscious I ought to discuss Mason as a result of then it retains the memes going of me speaking about Mason.
“So we’ve got obtained to fulfil all these necessities simply to maintain the Villa followers glad, particularly.
“What would they be capable to do on social media in the event that they didn’t have that chance? So, sure, after all I’m conscious Jack’s taking part in effectively.”
The Three Lions subsequent face Belgium on Sunday within the Uefa Nations League.
The skilled rivalry dates again to their Championship daysCredit score: Getty Pictures – Getty