ROY KEANE has hit out at Mason Mount's critics by labelling them 'idiots.'
The Chelsea midfielder starred once again in England's 2-1 win over Poland on Wednesday night.
Mount, 22, started in all three of the Three Lions' World Cup qualifiers and did his chances no harm of being a key figure in Gareth Southgate's Euros squad.
The midfielder has endured his fair share of critics throughout the campaign with many branding him a teacher's pet while playing under Frank Lampard.
But Mount continues to prove his worth since Thomas Tuchel's appointment and has emerged as a key cog in the Chelsea starting XI.
And Keane believes it's time to stop the debate over Mount's quality as he continues to earn his corn on the pitch.
Speaking on ITV before England's win, he said: "Well that is pretty important, that your manager likes you.
"Doesn't matter what people outside the game think, there are a lot of idiots out there.
"Ultimately, I think the players pick the team and he has performed well enough for every manager to say 'listen you are going to be in my starting line up'.
"Outstanding player. He wants to be an all round midfielder.
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"I never hear anything negative about him off the pitch, he seems a brilliant young kid, he has gone out on loan he has done it the hard way.
"He is a fantastic player."
England and Arsenal legend Ian Wright also heaped praise on Mount and adds he's turning into the perfect all-round player.
Wright added: "I like the way he has dealt with comparisons with other players.
"I think he brings different things. I think Gareth trusts him like Frank trusted him and like Tuchel trusts him.
"Defensively you can trust him and offensively you can trust him. He has done everything right.
"You just hope that he can continue doing what he is doing. His attitude and everything about him seems like he is heading in the right direction."
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