Mason Mount hopes his whirlwind season is not over yet as England look to progress to the latter stages at Euro 2020, even if he can already reflect on some incredible personal and collective achievements over the past 12 months.
The midfielder was voted by Chelsea supporters as the club’s Player of the Year after playing more minutes than anybody else as we finished fourth in the Premier League and secured an incredible Champions League triumph.
‘I’ve learnt a lot,’ he said. ‘I had never experienced a new manager coming in halfway through the season but Thomas brought different tactics and had a different look on football. All the boys bought into it.
‘For me personally, everything has happened so quick. You don’t have time to pinch yourself or look back at what’s happened. I made my 100th appearance for Chelsea in April and it baffles me how that’s gone so quickly but football is a short career.
‘The seasons fly by so you have to make the most of every season and enjoy it, which is always something I try to do. Don’t look too far ahead or too far back, just stay in the moment and try to do the big things in football, which is winning trophies.’
There are plenty more medals for Mount to collect at club level but his more immediate focus is on the international stage, where he hopes to help England to long-awaited glory this summer.
Both he and Ben Chilwell are unlikely to feature in the big last-16 game against Germany on Tuesday following news that the pair would have to isolate after being confirmed as close contacts of team-mate Billy Gilmour, who tested positive for Covid-19 last week.
Yet Mount is hopeful of continuing his involvement having started the opening two group games for the Three Lions and claims the close bond amongst the group is standing Gareth Southgate’s men in good stead.
‘It’s such an honour to represent your country,’ he continued. ‘It’s the pinnacle of the game so when you come to a major tournament, it’s always playing on your mind about what the opportunity can be and what you can achieve.
‘It can be a massive summer for us all and we’re such a close group, almost like a family, which can definitely help us. We all want to achieve big things. We’re young and hungry so it could be a very exciting few weeks.’
The midfielder’s earliest Euros memories focus on the Spanish national team’s dominance when they won successive tournaments in 2008 and 2012, with a midfield featuring the likes of Cesc Fabregas, Andres Iniesta, Xavi and Sergio Busquets.
All were accomplished technicians and caught the eye of Mount, who was aged nine and just starting his football journey in the Chelsea Academy when La Roja picked up the first of those titles.
‘I just remember when I was growing up how dominant Spain were,’ he added.
‘The game was probably changing and moving more to the technical side, with smaller players who were all similar and liked to have the ball. Spain really control games with the ball and hopefully we can do the same now.’