England: Gareth Southgate confirms Mason Mount IS fit to face Poland


Gareth Southgate confirms Mason Mount IS fit to face Poland as England boss allays fears over Chelsea star’s fitness after he missed part of training ahead of World Cup qualifier at Wembley

England manager Gareth Southgate has allayed fears over Mason Mount’s fitness by revealing the midfielder should be fit to face Poland.

There were doubts surrounding Mount’s fitness after he missed part of training on Tuesday. However, the 22-year-old is expected to feature at Wembley in Wednesday’s Group I tie.

Southgate said of the Chelsea player: ‘No, he didn’t warm up with the team but he did the rest of the session with the team.

Gareth Southgate has confirmed that Mason Mount is available for selection against Poland

Gareth Southgate has confirmed that Mason Mount is available for selection against Poland

England midfielder Mason Mount missed an outdoor training session on Tuesday morning

England manager Gareth Southgate is now sweating on his fitness

The England boss (right) was sweating over the fitness of his star midfielder (left) on Tuesday

‘He should be fine. They are all available as far as we are concerned.’ 

Speculation over the future of Three Lions captain Harry Kane has been present throughout this international camp with the Tottenham striker yet to win any silverware with his club side.

But Southgate does not expect it to distract the forward, with the European Championship coming up this summer.

The 22-year-old has played a starring role for the Three Lions during this international break

The 22-year-old has played a starring role for the Three Lions during this international break

The England national team boss added: ‘I’ve got no worries about Harry Kane, he’s a fantastic professional. He is always focused on the next match, he’s someone who can absolutely put anything to one side.’ 

Southgate, who is taking part in a study researching the link between football and dementia, believes patience is required with research ongoing on the subject.

He said: ‘I have completed some of the tests that are being conducted on former players so that data is being collated.

‘On the back of that I have had interaction with some families who are going through that difficult process with ex-players. I went through that process with one family with the PFA and I thought the support was excellent.

‘There is a lot going on in the background…and Charlotte (Cowie) in our organisation is doing a fantastic job, but it takes time. It is easy to get small amounts of data and come to the wrong conclusions.’

Southgate says Mount is fit and that he has his whole squad available for the Poland game

Southgate says Mount is fit and that he has his whole squad available for the Poland game

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