England boss Gareth Southgate has joked he will continue talking about Mason Mount in public to “keep the memes going” – amid suggestions he prefers the Chelsea star to Aston Villa’s Jack Grealish.
Mount and Grealish will both be hoping to start for the Three Lions in their friendly clash with Ireland this evening, although Southgate is yet to field them in the same line-up.
Despite Grealish’s stunning form over the past year, Mount has often pipped him to a place in the side, which has sparked accusations of favouritism amongst the Villa faithful in particular.
And a clip of Southgate changing the subject to Mount when asked a question about their star man last month quickly went viral.
England boss Gareth Southgate has joked he will continue talking about Mason Mount in public to “keep the memes going”
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“I’m very pleased with [Grealish]. I’m sure he’ll be delighted to have had his first start as well,” he said after Grealish’s full England debut against Wales in October.
“He’s a different type [of player]. Mount coming on in that similar position again I thought had an excellent impact on the game.”
Southgate has been accused of preferring Mount to Aston Villa ace Jack Grealish
But ahead of England’s showdown with Ireland, Southgate has joked that he will not stop praising Mount in order to “keep the Villa fans happy” on social media.
When asked if Grealish deserves a competitive start for England, he said: “I suppose on that you’re referring to Mason, whose only crime is not to be Jack at the moment.
Southgate has mocked those suggestions by joking he will continue praising Mount to “keep Aston Villa fans happy” on social media
“I’m also aware I should talk about Mason because then it keeps the memes going of me talking about Mason.
“So we have got to fulfil all those…