Mason Mount believes Harry Kane’s ability to drop deep could be a real game changer for England with the European Championships around the corner.
The Tottenham man headed in his 33rd international goal in Sunday’s 2-0 World Cup qualifying win in Albania to end a run of 16 months without scoring for his country. However, this season at Spurs Kane has showed how valuable he can be outside the penalty area. He has often drifted into a deeper role to link the play and moved away from the traditional out-and-out striker role. And he showed that in Tirana feeding in Mount for the Three Lions’ second goal.
Now Mount feels England are a lot more fluid and thinks they can benefit from their captain’s differing approach.
“He’s brilliant for us,” the Chelsea midfielder said.
“We want him to drop in those positions to link everything up because he is so good at it, as you’ve seen for setting up my goal.
“He sees the passes, he’s very good with the ball vision-wise and picking people out. So for him to drop deeper and get the ball and turn it is brilliant for us because then we have runners.
“We had Phil (Foden) and Raz (Raheem Sterling) running in behind and when he gets in the box he scores goals.
“He’s always there so it’s brilliant for us for him to get a goal and an assist and I’m thankful myself for him setting me up for mine.”
Mount has started England’s last seven fixtures – a run stretching back to a 2-1 Nations League victory over Belgium at Wembley in October 2020, where he scored the winning goal.
Now the 22-year-old is keen to extend that run as England face Poland on Wednesday night.
Mount in confident mood
The visitors will be without captain and all-time leading goalscorer Robert Lewandowski but Mount expects a tough test as Gareth Southgate’s side aim to make it three wins from three in Group I.
“Of course,” he replied when asked if he wanted to start the Poland game.
“I’ve said this before, I’m still young – I want to play every game I can and as many games as I can.
“My mentality is always that I just keep working hard to get into the team and stay in the team and just try to get as many games as I can.
“That is always my focus. Obviously very fortunate to start the last seven games and I’m in a good place at the moment and scored (against Albania).
“I am confident. I’ve just got to keep that going. Now the focus is on the next game. It is a massive game against Poland.
“Their team is very strong. We know that. As a team we go into it with the mentality of wanting to win.”