Mason Mount has dismissed suggestions of a ‘rivalry’ with Jack Grealish and insists the duo are ‘different players’ who can play together for England.
Mount has regularly been compared to the Aston Villa captain since the latter’s introduction into Gareth Southgate’s England squad, with the Chelsea midfielder perhaps unfairly taking some of the criticism directed towards the England manager for his limited use of the in-form Grealish so far.
Both players have been included in the Three Lions’ squad for their fixtures against Ireland, Belgium and Iceland during the international break, and Mount has refuted talk of a rivalry between the emerging midfielders and is confident the pair can thrive in the same side.
“I’d never look at it as a rivalry [with Grealish],” Mount said, as per the Telegraph. “We are two different players and we do different things. We are two team-mates who want to do the best for each other, for the team and for the country as well. We can play in different roles.
“I look at the way he’s been playing this season, he’s been unbelievable and we both want to bring that to the next three games.”
Mount’s status with his managers for both club and country has bizarrely seen the 21-year-old come under criticism on social media, amid unfounded perceptions his clean-cut and hard-working approach earns him favouritism over the likes of Grealish.
The midfielder admits he is unconcerned by the social media ‘teacher’s pet’ jibes and says he simply works hard to do his ‘best’ for the team, revealing he pays little attention to the comments of the public on social media platforms.
Speaking on whether the criticism bothers him, Mount added: “No, not at all. I’m a player that wants to do their best for the team and work hard. And maybe people take that the wrong way, I don’t know.
“You see comments here and there, but I’m not one to really look too much into social media and that side of it. I know it’s big in football now, especially when the fans are not at the stadium. I think, obviously, a lot of people are on social media when watching the games or commenting on the games.
“It doesn’t really bother me too much. You have Instagram, Twitter, all this, but I’m not too big on doing stuff on social media. That’s just what I’ve been like, not just when I’ve come into the first team, but for a couple of years now.
“I know people can say good things and then people can say a lot of bad things, so I try not to look too much into it. People are always going to have an opinion. I just really think the most important people that are in your life are going to help you – listen to them and that’s what I’ve always done.”