Roy Keane labels Mason Mount's critics as 'IDIOTS' as pundit lavishes praise on England star


Roy Keane labels Mason Mount’s critics as ‘IDIOTS’ as pundit lavishes praise on ‘outstanding’ England star while Ian Wright insists that managers can ‘trust’ thriving Chelsea midfielder

  • Roy Keane has branded England midfielder Mason Mount’s critics as ‘idiots’  
  • The Chelsea star, 22, has proved himself undroppable for club and country 
  • Mount has faced criticism for starting ahead of Jack Grealish for England
  • However, Keane says those detractors are ‘idiots’ and called Mount ‘outstanding’ 

Roy Keane has branded Mason Mount’s critics ‘idiots’ as the outspoken pundit lavished praise on the England midfielder’s ‘outstanding’ performances for club and country.

Mount, 22, has proved himself undroppable by Three Lions boss Gareth Southgate, with the Chelsea star starting an eighth-successive England game for the clash with Poland at Wembley.

The midfielder was a cherished asset under former Blues boss Frank Lampard, while new manager Thomas Tuchel has taken a shine to the hardworking creative outlet.

Roy Keane has labelled Mason Mount's critics as 'idiots' while lavishing praise on the star

Roy Keane has labelled Mason Mount’s critics as ‘idiots’ while lavishing praise on the star

The Chelsea midfielder has proved himself undroppable for club and country so far this season

The Chelsea midfielder has proved himself undroppable for club and country so far this season

Mount’s selection in the England line-up has been called into question by his detractors, with critics calling for Aston Villa star Jack Grealish and Man City hotshot Phil Foden to start in his place.

But Keane has labelled those critics as ‘idiots’, with the Irishman lauding the vibrant Chelsea star before Wednesday’s World Cup qualifier. 

‘Well that is pretty important, that your manager likes you,’ he said of Mount winning favour under different managers on ITV Sport. ‘Doesn’t matter what people outside the game think, there are a lot of idiots out there. 

However, detractors have called for the 22-year-old to make way for Aston Villa's Jack Grealish

However, detractors have called for the 22-year-old to make way for Aston Villa’s Jack Grealish

Outspoken pundit Keane branded those critics 'idiots' ahead of the clash at Wembley stadium

Outspoken pundit Keane branded those critics ‘idiots’ ahead of the clash at Wembley stadium

‘Ultimately, I think the players pick the team and he has performed well enough for every manager to say “listen you are going to be in my starting line up”. 

‘Outstanding player. He wants to be an all round midfielder. I never hear anything negative about him off the pitch, he seems a brilliant young kid, he has gone out on loan he has done it the hard way. 

‘He is a fantastic player and I’m looking forward to seeing him tonight.’

Meanwhile, Ian Wright added that Mount’s attitude and performances have won the trust of all of his managers, with the Arsenal legend hopeful that the Chelsea star’s mentality will stand him in good stead.

Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel has relied on Mount

Three Lions boss Southgate is an admirer of the Blues star

He said that ‘players pick themselves’ and that’s the case for Tuchel (L) and Southgate (R)

Meanwhile, Ian Wright added that managers can trust Mount offensively and defensively

Meanwhile, Ian Wright added that managers can trust Mount offensively and defensively

‘I like the way he has dealt with comparisons with other players,’ Wright said. ‘I think he brings different things. I think Gareth trusts him like Frank trusted him and like Tuchel trusts him. 

‘Defensively you can trust him and offensively you can trust him. He has done everything right. 

‘You just hope that he can continue doing what he is doing. His attitude and everything about him seems like he is heading in the right direction.’ 

Mount has scored six goals and provided six assists in 39 outings for Chelsea this campaign, with the youngster the Blues’ standout player thus far. 

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