Mason Mount is hoping to use his recent success with Chelsea to help lead England to a first major title in 55 years.
The Chelsea midfielder is expected to start for the Three Lions at Wembley tonight, as Gareth Southgate’s side face Italy in the final of Euro 2020.
The last time an England side reached a major final was in 1966, where a hat-trick from Sir Geoff Hurst inspired Sir Alf Ramsey’s charges to World Cup victory.
Fast-forward 55 years and now Mount, along with Blues team-mates Reece James and Ben Chilwell, stand one game away from etching their names into history. Mount is hopeful that his experiences with Chelsea in winning the Champions League at the end of May can act as a catalyst to further success this evening.
‘I think it really helps that we have just played in a Champions League final and we had success in it,’ explained Mount when speaking ahead of tonight’s final.
‘The two finals I played before with Chelsea, two FA Cup finals, we lost them both. So, to have that win under my belt in a final, in a big game, it really helps going into this. But I think a lot of the boys are very experienced in big games and know how to handle it.
‘The last game that we played was probably all of our biggest games of our lives and now it’s an even bigger game. An experience we’ve never been in before, playing for our country in a major final, but something we will always thrive off and obviously want do our best.
‘We have never won a European Championship before and we have never been in a final since 1966. It’s a massive game for us but the younger players and all of us as a group, we want to create our own history.
‘We don’t look at the past too much, we just want to look forward. We’re buzzing for the game. The most important thing is to stay calm and go into it like we have all of the other games.’
Mount is hoping to join an elite group of players to have the chance to lift the European Championship having already won the Champions League and doesn’t want to let such a massive opportunity pass by.
However, the midfielder knows there will be two players he knows well in the Italy camp – Jorginho and Emerson – hoping for the same end result for themselves and Mount believes his Chelsea midfield partner Jorginho in particular is someone England will need to watch out for.
‘We know how difficult it will be against Italy,’ added Mount. ‘You see the run they have been on, and it is 30-something games unbeaten. You know how strong they are from the back, two centre-backs, warriors, and you see how passionate they are.
‘Jorginho is a really good player and I appreciate him a lot, because I’m playing with him. He’s very good on the ball and gets the team ticking. Playing with him and knowing what he’s like, and training with him – I know a lot more about him than some of the other boys who are in the group, so I can give a few tips about what he’s strong at.
‘To have this chance after winning the Champions League it’s such a special opportunity, one that rarely comes around. I don’t know how many players have done both. Nine? I saw a stat before the Euros started.
‘It never really happens and it’s a massive opportunity for us and for me personally but I’m not really looking into that too much. It’s just focusing on the game and what happens, happens. It’s a final.
‘It’s going to be a battle. It’s going to be two teams going at each other that are in good form and I am absolutely buzzing for the game to come around!’