For Mason Mount, there could surely be no better confidence booster ahead of his first major tournament as an England international than Chelsea’s Champions League triumph two weekends ago.
Having been one of the outstanding players when Manchester City were defeated in Porto, including playing the pass for Kai Havertz’s winner, the midfielder has been talking about the effect of that game and about his own adaptability within the Three Lions set-up ahead of their Euro 2020 opener tomorrow.
‘The last couple of weeks have been a bit of a rollercoaster,’ Mount said, ‘celebrating with the club football and now the focus after that finish was straight on the Euros and our first game. It's been very good, I've obviously been loving it, and am now very excited for Sunday.
‘If you win any competition you gain confidence from it. Winning the Champions League, one of the biggest in club football, it means a lot. You do gain a lot of confidence and then from that I knew I was into going into Euro so we won it at a good time. It helps to carry on that confidence coming up to the first game and I am looking forward to it.’
If the 22-year-old is picked by Gareth Southgate to face Croatia tomorrow, it remains to be seen where he will be deployed and indeed which formation England will play, and Mount has discussed playing in two-man or a three-man midfield.
‘We've played different formations and through the ages I have played in different positions. When you're in a two-man midfield you are a bit more defensive-minded. In a three you can maybe go a bit more attacking and try to get in the box and help the front three. Formation-wise, I can be versatile.
‘If you look at the amount of talent going forward we have in the group, it kind of speaks for itself,’ he added on England’s creative threat.
‘We've got players that can keep the ball, play possession football, create chances and be a threat going forward.
‘That's something that we're always trying to work on to perfect. It's never going to be 100 per-cent perfection. You know that in a game there's going to be times when things don't click but with the players we have, and what we've been working on in training, I have full hope that it is going to work, we're going to play together and it's going to connect when the game comes around. That's what we're focused on and hopefully that happens.’