Former Arsenal striker Ian Wright has leapt to the defence of Mason Mount after online abuse.
Some sections of fans have been upset with the Chelsea man starting over Jack Grealish, despite the two playing different positions.
Mount has been a regular starter for the Blues – where the club's best-ever midfielder Frank Lampard rates him highly.
And Gareth Southgate has also been blown away by the 21-year-old's application in games and training.
Grealish has also had a brilliant start to the season with Aston Villa, leading them to victories over Liverpool and Arsenal.
But Wright has blasted fans for taking their criticism too far online.
"You know what? I think it’s disgraceful the way people have talked about Mason Mount getting his berth in front of whoever," Wright told ITV.
"Mount is in there on credit and what he’s able to do. It’s unfair the amount of stick he gets for being chosen by Gareth."
Another to stick up for Mount was former Chelsea defender who believes the youngster cannot be compared to Grealish.
"You can’t compare them," the Englishman insisted. "The quality that Mason brings to not just this England team but the Chelsea team.
"He brings that energy, the willingness to run and graft.
"I’ve heard Roy [Keane] mention it a lot of times about that desire and work ethic: it’s a must and it is a standard.
"He brings that week in week out but with quality as well so I think it’s unfair to compare them."
Mount has had his say on the comparisons between him and Grealish and has admitted he has left him dumbfounded.
“I spoke about Jack the last camp,” he said. “Obviously we all know what he can do but I think everyone’s always going have an opinion and say stuff but we have massive focus on our games.
“There’s all different players in this squad who can play in different positions. That is the kind of squad that’s been picked.
“Players that can be played in higher positions and in deeper positions. That’s the focus of the squad."
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