Mason Mount Plays Up 'Connection' With Overlooked England Teammate Jack Grealish

Oct 14, 2020, 10:45 AM GMT+1
Mason Mount
Mason Mount's selection for England has come under scrutiny | Robbie Jay Barratt - AMA/Getty Images

Mason Mount has claimed he and Jack Grealish can play alongside each other, amid grumblings from England fans after the Aston Villa talisman was left out of the Nations League victory over Belgium on Sunday.

Chelsea's Mount scored the winning goal in the 2-1 win with a deflected effort, but after the Three Lions failed to break down the Belgian defence for much of the game, many supporters - and pundits - were left wondering why Grealish had been overlooked by Gareth Southgate.

The England boss has yet to start Grealish in a competitive match, instead turning to more established members of his squad to fill the advanced midfield positions.

However, Grealish's early-season form - including four goals and four assists for club and country - and England's ineptitude in creating goalscoring opportunities from open play has led to strong calls for the Villa captain to start.

That would likely be at the expense of Mount, but the 21-year-old believes he and his attacking midfield counterpart can feature in the same XI.

Speaking to Sky Sports ahead of England's clash with Denmark on Wednesday night, he said: "I love watching him [Grealish] play as well. He's brilliant to be around. Obviously we all know what he can do, what a brilliant player he is.

Jack Grealish, Tyrone Mings
Mount and Grealish on England duty | Michael Regan/Getty Images

"I get on very well with Jack. He's a brilliant player and, yes, we always want to play together.

"We have such a strong group with loads of top, top players. You always want to play with the best and when you come away with England you're doing that.

"You have to kind of learn about the players while you're away training. You don't get much time, but when you're playing the games you kind of have that connection and I think me and Jack do definitely have that."

The situation is threatening to become the modern-day Gerrard vs Lampard, so it will be interesting to see who Southgate elects to start - or whether he starts both - on Wednesday night.