Former England manager Glenn Hoddle defended midfielder Mason Mount under fire ahead of the Three Lions’ 2022 World Cup Group B match against Wales on Tuesday night.
Remember, Mount was widely criticized for his uneven showing against the United States a few days ago.
The 23-year-old started both of England’s Group B matches, as Gareth Southgate’s side beat Iran 6-2 before drawing 0-0 with the United States.
Mount played 71 minutes before he was replaced by Manchester City star Phil Foden against Iran, but played the entire match in a goalless draw with the United States.
Many, including former Manchester United captain Gary Neville, felt Mount should have been replaced by Foden for the match against the USA, as England lacked creativity and needed a spark.
But Hoddle believes it is unfair for the Chelsea star to be criticized ahead of the Wales game.
“I think it’s very unfair that Mason Mount is being criticized. He didn’t do anything worse than any other player in the match against the United States. He almost scored, he put himself in good positions,” Hoddle told Betfair.
“Mason Mount is one of the best players we have in the country, and you’ll have 38 games a season. He’s named to be on your team. The criticism was unfair.”
He added, “I really like Mason Mount, and that doesn’t hurt him, but if Foden has as much game as him, his productivity and goals will be there, and we’ll see what that goes around.”
World Cup: It’s not fair to single him out for criticism – Glenn Hoddle defends the England star