Chelsea youngster Mason Mount was named in Gareth Southgate’s England squad for the matches against Bulgaria and Kosovo on 7 and 10 September respectively.

According to Southgate, Mount earned his call-up on merit.

“Mason Mount’s been one of the outstanding players in the league already this season, so we brought both [him and Maddison] in last October as much for the experience as anything,” said Southgate.

“This time in particular, in Mason’s case, as the younger one, he’s in on merit. Simple as that.

He looks like he’s threatening the goal every game he plays.

“I’ve watched him develop through our youth teams since he was 16 and he’s been an outstanding player at every age group.

He’s not in on the back of three games at Chelsea. He’s in on the back of a year in the Eredivisie, which was outstanding; a very successful year with Derby [County];

European Under-19 champion with us.