Chelsea star Mason Mount has not started England’s previous two World Cup fixtures with young and talented midfielder Jude Bellingham stepping into his vacant role in the squad

Mason Mount came on as a substitute in England’s 3-0 win over Senegal, propelling the Three Lions to the World Cup quarterfinals. England defeated Senegal with goals from Jordan Henderson, Harry Kane, and Bukayo Saka to advance to the next round,

where they will meet the defending world champions, France.

Mount’s place in Southgate’s lineup was called into question as fans and pundits alike want the Chelsea star to be replaced by Phil Foden.

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Following Foden’s outstanding display against Wales in the final Group B match, Mount found himself on the bench again for the round of 16 clash against Africa’s champions.

Chelsea had several players on the pitch yesterday night, with Edouard Mendy and Kalidou Koulibaly lining up against England. Raheem Sterling has departed the England squad due to a “personal family matter,” with rumours claiming that his home was broken into while he was in Qatar.

Mount came in in the 76th minute to replace Jude Bellingham, who has taken on a more offensive role in the team after Southgate dropped the Chelsea star.

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The 19-year-old provided an assist for Henderson’s first-half goal and had pundits and teammates raving about his performance after the game after another outstanding effort.

The Blues have been linked with a move for Bellingham next summer, but his worth appears to be skyrocketing following a stellar World Cup performance so far. England win the game and advance to the quarter-finals, setting up a crucial match against France on Saturday.

After the final whistle, Mount rushed directly to his Chelsea teammates Koulibaly and Mendy to console them after they were eliminated from the tournament. After a little break following the World Cup, the Senegalese duo will rejoin the rest of the group in Abu Dhabi.