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Gareth Southgate explains reasoning behind dropping Mason Mount from England



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Mason Mount was not selected for the latest England squad by Gareth Southgate despite his good form for Manchester United.

Mason Mount, after returning from injury, has hit the ground running under Erik ten Hag, performing well at Old Trafford.

Mount initially did not get off to a perfect start to life at Manchester United, performing to sub-par standards in the opening game and then suffering from injury during the club’s second fixture of the season.

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Out of the United squad, Marcus Rashford and Harry Maguire were the two who were selected to represent England during the October internationals, with Mason Mount missing out from Gareth Southgate’s squad.

Speaking ahead of England’s two internationals, Southgate was asked why Mount was not selected despite his improved form.

“Physically he’s getting back up to a level,” Southgate said. “He’s been an important player for us and we like him a lot.

“But I didn’t think he’d done enough to be ahead of the others at this moment in time.”

England are due to play Australia in a friendly tie on Friday evening before playing Italy in a EURO 2028 qualifying fixture at Wembley Stadium on Tuesday.