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Mason Mount and Billy Gilmour may be Chelsea teammates, but that did not stop them going at it hammer and tongs during England and Scotland's feisty Wembley clash.
The duo were involved in a number of clashes in midfield in the early stages of the Euro 2020 fixture with little regard for their club allegiance.
Mount, 22, went through the back of his 20-year-old teammate with his studs up in the opening minutes, setting the tone for a duel which epitomised the fixture.
The Englishman appeared to have the upper hand for much of the first half and almost picked up an assist as John Stones met his corner with a thunderous header which came back off the post.
Mount and Gilmour were involved in a fascinating midfield duel, with the former putting in a feisty tackle
But given the teams remained all square at half-time, the contest between Mount and Gilmour was a key talking point.
Some fans took to Twitter to liken the rivalry to that of Cristiano Ronaldo and Wayne Rooney at the 2006 World Cup.
One wrote: "Absolutely loving this Gilmour vs Mount match up in the middle. Two top class players who know each other inside out."
Another Chelsea supporter added: "This Mount vs Gilmour battle is just a wonderful sight. Both completely at it, friendship aside. They’ve been excellent so far."
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"As a Chelsea fan, it is amazing to watch Mason Mount and Billy Gilmour battle in the midfield. Both academy boys under the age of 23," wrote another member of the Stamford Bridge faithful.
One fan referred to Mount and Gilmour's duel as the "battle of the blues brothers".
However, not all supporters were pleased to see their two players in a heated battle at Wembley, with one saying: "That Mount-Gilmour battle wasn't nice to watch."
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The general feeling of fans was that Gilmour grew into the half and began to dominate proceedings towards the end of the first 45 minutes.
"Scotland’s biggest threat here is Andy Robertson with Billy Gilmour dealing with (Declan) Rice, (Kalvin) Phillips and Mount like a seasoned pro."
Some supporters were not quite so enamoured by Gilmour's display though, with one even claiming Mount "bullied" the Scot.
"Apart from Mount bullying him, Gilmour hasn't done too bad," wrote the fan.
"Don't agree with Lee Dixon saying he's been knackered since 5 minutes in. He needs help from his RWB too."
Other Chelsea fans took a more conciliatory approach, praising both players for their displays.
"Mount has been England’s best player so far but not many great performances to pick from so far England will surely pick it up in the 2nd half," wrote another fan.
"Gilmour looking so impressive on the ball as usual great confidence for such a young player who has only a handful of PL appearances."
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