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Mason Mount and Ross Barkley in England squad

Mason Mount has been rewarded for his fine start to the season by being included in the latest England squad ahead of a pair of Euro 2020 qualifying matches. 

Mount has starred for the Blues under Frank Lampard, scoring in our two most recent matches against Leicester and Norwich. 

It is the second time he has been named in a senior England squad, having been an unused sub in UEFA Nations League games against Croatia and Spain last October. He also trained with Gareth Southgate's side in the build-up to the 2018 World Cup. 

The 20-year-old will now have the chance to make his Three Lions debut in their forthcoming European Championship qualifying matches at home to Bulgaria and Kosovo. 

Southgate said about Mount's selection: ‘I think Mason Mount has been one of the outstanding players in the league this season. We bought him into the squad last October, as much for the experience as anything. This time he is in on merit, as simple as that.

‘He looks like threatening the goal every game he plays. I have watched him develop through England’s youth teams since 16 and he has been an outstanding player at every age group. He is not in off the back of three games at Chelsea, he is in off the back of a year in the Eredivisie which was outstanding and a very successful year with Derby, and being a European Under-19 champion with us, so he keeps improving and achieving at every level he is tested at and that has been the same at the beginning of this season.’

Ross Barkley, a regular in Southgate's midfield, has also been named in the 23-man squad. He has 29 caps to his name and was in England's last European Championship squad in 2016, as well as the 2014 World Cup group when he featured alongside Lampard. 

England are top of Group A after two matches, having thrashed Czech Republic at home and Montenegro away back in March. Another Chelsea Academy graduate, Callum Hudson-Odoi, made his England debut in the first of those games. Injury prevents him, and Ruben Loftus-Cheek, being involved this time around. 

Bulgaria, who are winless in their four qualifying games to date, visit Wembley on Saturday 7 September, and then England's first ever game against Kosovo takes place at St Mary's Stadium in Southampton on Tuesday 10 September. 

Next summer's European Championships takes place all over Europe, with 12 different host cities ranging from Bilbao in the west to Baku in the east. One of them is London, and England are guaranteed at least two group games at Wembley should they qualify. 

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