Mount Is Ecstatic About Foden’s Impact In England, Where Competition Is Soaring

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Mason Mount was “up close and personal with it,” as he put it. The midfielder, who was on the England substitutes bench until the 73rd minute of England’s 5-0 World Cup qualifying triumph over Andorra on Saturday night, had a front-row seat to Phil Foden’s masterclass and, like every other fan, could enjoy it.

“I know what Phil is about,” Mount says. “I’ve played against him many times and not just in the professional game – at academy level, too. The passes he sees, the passes he picks out, the way he moves with the ball … he is a top, top, top player. To see him do it on the big stage, like he’s done many times, it’s special.”

It was just Andorra, as we were required to report. It had been Liverpool the previous weekend, with Foden in Manchester City colors, and he had been equally electrifying. It’s sparked calls for Gareth Southgate to reshape England’s midfield around Foden, and Mount wouldn’t be human if he didn’t assess the issue from a personal standpoint.

Foden performed as an attack-minded No 8 in a 4-3-3 style in Andorra, and Mount has found his place in the team as well. If it’s an either/or situation for Southgate, Mount might have a problem. The battle for positions is heating up.

source : Guardian sport

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