Declan Rice has launched a passionate defence of his buddy and England teammate Mason Mount amid current criticism of the Chelsea playmaker.
With Gareth Southgate seemingly not sure over an everyday England beginning place for in-form Jack Grealish, he has typically picked Mount over the Aston Villa captain.
It has led to a backlash on social media, with followers calling the Chelsea midfielder, who can be an everyday in Frank Lampard’s facet, 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 these sentiments, insisting his former Chelsea academy teammate could be an asset to any Premier League group in addition to England.
Rice mentioned: “We don’t talk about 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 when you gave each Premier League supervisor the prospect, they might choose him as nicely.”
“For those who have a look at Jack and Mase, there’ll all the time be comparisons however they’re enjoying in two totally different components of the pitch.
“Mason now at Chelsea is enjoying as an attacking eight and Jack is enjoying off the left [at Villa] and we noticed the opposite evening they’ll each play in the identical group and they’re each nice gamers we needs to be valuing.”