Chelsea midfielder Mason Mount has been confirmed to be in England’s starting line-up against Czech Republic on Friday evening in Prague

Matt Debono

Good news for Mason Mount getting the nod to start, which has seen his Chelsea teammate and positive rival Ross Barkley benched – getting the same treatment at international duty like he does with club level.

Unfortunately for Tammy Abraham, despite scoring nine goals in all competitions this season, and being joint-top goalscorer in the Premier League this season, he has to settle for the substitutes bench on his first call-up as Harry Kane leads the line for England.

Hardly surprising with Harry Kane an almost certain starter under Gareth Southgate at the moment, despite Abraham having the better start to the season this year.

Tammy Abraham and the rest of the England squad will be hoping for no racist chanting from the stands on Friday after they were extremely vocal on their actions if any were to take place in Prague or against Bulgaria.

Fikayo Tomori also joins his Chelsea teammates on the bench – on which it is also his first call-up to the senior side.

Frank Lampard will be delighted for Mason Mount who has excelled in a Chelsea shirt – highlighting the strength of the Blues’ academy which England boss Gareth Southgate praised earlier this week.

Chelsea will be hoping to have Callum Hudson-Odoi, Reece James and Ruben Loftus-Cheek all joining the senior setup at England soon, which could see seven Blues involved in the squad in the near future. Unimaginable this time last year.

Will Mason Mount get another goal this season but this time on international duty with the Three Lions? 

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