Paul Merson admits Mason Mount could risk missing England's Euro 2020 squad if he loses his place on Chelsea's side, something the Arsenal legend believes is possible.
The 21-year-old has become a key player for club and country. Frank Lampard and Gareth Southgate both show great confidence in him.
Mount earned his 13th cap for the Three Lions in their 4-0 Nations League win over Iceland on Wednesday night and he marked the occasion with a goal.
At Chelsea, Mount has managed to keep hold of his place in the side despite the Blues spending big on attacking talent in the summer.
But Merson fears that if Mount’s situation changes and his game time at Stamford Bridge is eventually limited like Phil Foden’s is at Manchester City now, both of them could miss out on next year’s rescheduled Euro 2020 tournament.
Merson told the Daily Star as cited by Sports Central: ‘Phil Foden did brilliantly for England but he won’t play at the Euros if he isn’t getting in the Manchester City team. ‘Unless he starts getting in the City team on a regular basis, I don’t see how he even goes to the Euros to be honest – and it has to happen soon or he is going to miss the boat. ‘If you’re not playing regularly for your club, you shouldn’t be in the England squad. That’s how it always used to be and that’s how it should be now too.
Merson added: You have to play three at the back because we’re not good enough defensively otherwise, and that takes away one of your attacking players. ‘Southgate obviously loves Mount as well. But he’s not certain to go to the Euros either. If you lose your place at Chelsea, you’re not guaranteed to get it back.
He concluded: ‘And that could easily happen with the amount of talent they have this season. So both of them still have it all to do..