Declan Rice launches defence of Mason Mount after fan criticism

Declan Rice has been full of praise for Chelsea and England midfielder Mason Mount.

Mount has had a rough 2022/23 campaign with Chelsea and that form has continued into the World Cup.

Mount started vs the USA in England’s second group game and was pretty poor throughout the match.

During the game, fans continued to call for him to be subbed and Phil Foden instead place in the CAM role.

However, Mount somehow made it through the full 90 despite England using all their subs.

But he was then dropped for the 3-0 win over Wales, with Jude Bellingham and Jordan Henderson instead taking up no.8 roles in front of Declan Rice.

Now, Rice has been discussing Mount and the criticism he receives:

“I don’t need to talk too much about Mase,” Rice said at England’s Al Wakrah training base on Thursday. “He probably just doesn’t fit the agenda of what people want an attacking midfield player to look like in this day and age.

“He is one of the best players I’ve played with — and I’m not saying that because he’s my best mate. If you see the way he helps the team, I think that’s why Gareth is so keen on him and picks him all the time.

“Not only with the ball, his quality he shows in abundance for England and Chelsea, but the way he is off the ball: you don’t see many number 10s who have that together. He is such a team player, such a hard-working, honest guy.”

Rice added: “Sometimes fans, people online, social media, they just don’t like him. For what reason I honestly don’t know. But, look, his numbers for Chelsea are incredible.

“He’s won the Champions League, won the Super Cup, at such a young age and for the rest of his career, he can go on and be whatever he wants to be. And I know he doesn’t let that noise get to him.”

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Josh Barker

Josh Barker

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