Mason Mount has said that the prospect of making his senior England debut is something that fills both him and his family with immense pride.
Our No19 is part of the Three Lions squad for Euro 2020 qualifiers against Bulgaria and Kosovo on Saturday and Tuesday respectively, and the midfielder has admitted there may be a few tears of joy shed in the stands from his ever-present family should he earn a senior international debut cap.
‘You can’t really put into words how it will feel stepping out onto the pitch at Wembley and representing your country,’ said Mason, speaking at a pre-match press conference at England’s St George’s Park training base.
‘It is such a massive feeling and hopefully I will be able to experience that.
‘It’s not only a massive moment for me, but also for my family and all the coaches that I’ve worked with to help get me to this point.
‘My family in particular have been a massive part of my career. They come to every one of my games and I’m sure there will be a few proud tears from them if I get to make my debut.’
The midfielder has made a fine start to the Premier League campaign this season, establishing himself as a key part of Frank Lampard’s Chelsea squad and finding the net in the win over Norwich and the home draw with Leicester.
His form caught the eye of Gareth Southgate who has called him up to the England squad, just as he did last season when Mount was an unused substitute for Nations League clashes with Croatia and Spain. Having played under Lampard last season and now again this on his return to the Bridge, Mount has just the man to call on for advice when it comes to representing your country. Our boss played 106 times for England.
‘I spoke to him a little bit and have taken stuff off him as I do always,’ added Mason.
‘When I got called up first last year he sat me down in his office and said to me that I was called up and obviously it was a massive, massive moment for myself.
‘And this time, he just spoke to me and said ‘look, you’ve been called up again, go into it working hard, like you have been at Chelsea’.
‘Being in the squad last season, having a taste of being around the place and being around the first-team obviously gave me that extra hunger to be in the squad again.’
Mount was also asked about Chelsea’s start to the season and how it feels to be part of a side where youth is being give a chance to flourish and thrive under Lampard as our head coach.
‘It’s great,’ said Mason. ‘I obviously worked with the gaffer last season at Derby and this season it’s been good to work with him again at Chelsea.
‘He’s given us a chance but you have to work hard to earn your place in the team and all the boys have done that, particularly the younger lads that have come in, and it is up to us now to continue to work hard and stay in the side.
‘We’ve been working hard and I think we’ve had an okay start, but we are looking forward to working hard again after the international break and pushing on.’