Here are your Chelsea headlines for Thursday, November 12.
Why pitting Mason Mount against Jack Grealish for England spot is unfair
Jack Grealish is one of the best English players of his age group and yet England manager Gareth Southgate has seemingly needed more convincing than most of his international credentials.
Southgate has more than once spoken about how Mason Mount’s pressing makes him a better fit for his England system than Grealish, putting the Chelsea midfielder directly against the Aston Villa man in the minds of many fans and pundits.
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football.london’s Alan Smith looks at how it’s unfair to create a rivalry from the outside between the two midfielders.
Rather than being a discussion over which of the two should be in the England team, Southgate should instead be trying to work out how to fit both Grealish and Mount into the same line-up, with the two players offering different things.
Reece James’ big opportunity as international friendly outing looms
Called up to the England squad despite being suspended for the UEFA Nations League games against Belgium and Iceland, it seems likely Reece James will feature for The Three Lions this evening.
England face Republic of Ireland in a friendly fixture at Wembley Stadium. Considering James won’t be able to play in the next two games, the Chelsea right back can count on featuring in some capacity on Thursday night.
Southgate has a number of good options at right back, with no fewer than five players in the position called up to the England squad for the matches against Republic of Ireland, Belgium and Iceland.
Despite the stiff competition, James is clearly rated highly by Southgate, with the England manager pleased with how the 20-year-old is progressing at club level.
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