Declan Rice has launched a passionate defence of his buddy and England teammate Mason Mount amid latest criticism of the Chelsea playmaker.
With Gareth Southgate seemingly not sure over a daily England beginning place for in-form Jack Grealish, he has usually picked Mount over the Aston Villa captain.
It has led to a backlash on social media, with followers calling the Chelsea midfielder, who can also be a daily in Frank Lampard’s aspect, a ‘instructor’s pet’.
Nonetheless, the pair of midfielders began England’s 3-Zero victory over Eire earlier this week and after the win Grealish hit out on the ‘annoying’ criticism of Mount and mentioned that he doesn’t even consider the 2 are competing for a similar place.
And West Ham midfielder Rice has echoed the emotions of Grealish’s feedback, insisting his former Chelsea academy teammate could be an asset to any Premier League group in addition to England.
Rice mentioned: “We don’t discuss it however it is extremely harsh.
“I do know what his mentality is like. I understand how pushed he’s. It’s no shock that Gareth picks him, Frank [Lampard] picks him and in case you gave each Premier League supervisor the prospect, they’d decide him as nicely.”
“For those who take a look at Jack and Mase, there’ll all the time be comparisons however they’re taking part in in two completely different components of the pitch.
“Mason now at Chelsea is taking part in as an attacking eight and Jack is taking part in off the left [at Villa] and we noticed the opposite evening they will each play in the identical group and they’re each nice gamers we must be valuing.”