Mason Mount has got two objectives he must fulfil at Manchester United
If Mason Mount is planning on watching England take on North Macedonia this evening, he, just like the rest of us, will be hoping for a more fun-filled evening than Friday's offering.
Expected to produce an evening's worth of goals, glitz and glamour, England, instead, limped past Malta, recording a 2-0 win in their penultimate 2024 European Championship qualifier. Victory made it six wins from seven qualifiers for Gareth Southgate's side, but it was hardly a performance that inspired confidence ahead of next summer's finals in Germany.
After reaching the semi-finals of the 2018 World Cup, the final of Euro 2020 and then the last eight of last year's World Cup, there is a level of expectancy on England's shoulders ahead of next year's tournament. Many insist it should be Southgate's last chance to deliver a trophy.
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But unlike in 2021 and 2022, Manchester United midfielder Mount, who joined the club from Chelsea in the summer, is facing the prospect of missing out on a squad that will try and create lasting memories for millions next summer. Southgate has named three England squads since Mount joined United in July and he is yet to be included in one of them, though he was sidelined through injury in September.
Mount started five of England's seven matches at the last European Championship, which was delayed by 12 months because of the pandemic, and he featured in four of the Three Lions' five matches in Qatar last year, starting twice. His inclusion often generated mixed opinions, though everyone has an opinion when it comes to the England squad, of course.
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