Jamie and Harry Redknapp have tipped Gareth Southgate to recall Chelsea star Mason Mount for England’s Euro 2020 quarter-final against Ukraine.
Mount started England’s first two games of Euro 2020 before missing the next two having been forced into coronavirus isolation.
He and Chelsea teammate Ben Chilwell were isolated from the rest of the England squad having come into contact with Billy Gilmour, who tested positive for Covid-19 after England’s 0-0 draw with Scotland at Wembley.
England have coped well in Mount’s absence, beating Czech Republic in their final group game before the memorable 2-0 win over Germany in the last 16.
But Redknapp junior believes the playmaker – who starred in Chelsea’s Champions League triumph last term – will be recalled by Southgate for the quarter-final in Rome on Saturday.
“There’s a lot of different options for Gareth,” Jamie Redknapp told Sky Sports. “Against Ukraine, we might have to play in a slightly different way.
“They looked very tired after the Sweden win which went to extra-time, so it feels to me that we’re going to have to play more attacking players.
“Mason Mount might be his first port of call, he started the games before the Covid ban. I think Mason Mount will certainly start and I would love for Jack Grealish to play.
“Gareth is going to have to manage his team really well but we’ve got really fresh players unlike other teams which bodes well.”
Harry Redknapp echoed his son’s comments, but backed Southgate to come up with a “winning formula” to beat Ukraine.
“I think he might change it next time, I think there will be changes for the next game,” said the former Tottenham boss.
“I don’t think we’ll see exactly the same 11 that started last night. I think Mason Mount will be fit and available after he had to isolate for the Covid scare.
“I certainly wouldn’t be surprised to see Mason Mount back in the team. I think Gareth’s a big fan of his as we all are.
“So we’ll see what he does, but whatever he does he’s coming up with the winning formula.”