Southgate heaps praise on Chelsea star after Albania win

Southgate heaps praise on Chelsea star after Albania win

England manager Gareth Southgate has labeled Mason Mount an exceptional player after his starring role with the national team. 

The midfielder was on target as the Three Lions recorded their second win in the World Cup qualifiers, grabbing the second in a 2-0 win.

He was also involved in the opener, which was scored by Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane.

Speaking after the match, Southgate hit back at some critics, who have questioned his ability, suggesting that the perception is slowly changing following a change of management at Chelsea. 

“He is a great player, but I was saying this in the autumn. I suppose now that Thomas Tuchel picks him, everybody will agree. When it was Frank, it doesn't count for some reason.

“He is an exceptional player. He finds space intelligently, he manipulates the ball very well, he creates chances and he can score goals. I thought his performance was excellent tonight.”

Lampard was on many occasions accused of favouring Mount during his time at Chelsea, and the same questions were raised when the 22-year-old joined Southtage's side. 

He has however continued to perform well under Tuchel, who replaced Lampard in January following his exit. 

The win in Albania was England's second in the qualifiers and will play their third and final on Wednesday against Poland. 

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