Chelsea starlet takes England debut in his stride
Mason Mount says the last few weeks have been a whirlwind after breaking into the Chelsea first team before making his England debut.
The young midfielder has really stepped up to the plate this season after first being handed a chance by Blues boss Frank Lampard, and now England chief Gareth Southgate.
Mount showed his potential after spending a season on loan with Derby County in the Championship last term, but he has been left pinching himself following a frantic start to the campaign.
The 20-year-old has a lot to learn but has not looked out of place in the Chelsea midfield so far, and the same can be said when he pulled on the England shirt yesterday.
Mount came on for the last 23 minutes as England beat Bulgaria 4-0 in the Euro 2020 qualifier, replacing Jordan Henderson, and it is just the latest step in what looks sure to be a highly successful career for him.
“I wasn’t really too nervous,” Mount told Chelsea’s website. “It’s a game of football so it’s something that I’ve done all my life.
“When you come on, you just want to get on the ball, have your first touch, get that out the way and then try to influence the game.
“It’s an unbelievable feeling to make your debut for your country. It’s something that you dream of as a little kid.”
England are back in action when they take on Kosovo on Tuesday night and there is a good chance the whirlwind will continue for Mount, who is in with a good chance of earning his second cap for the Three Lions.
Then it will be back to business for Chelsea at the weekend, with the Blues travelling to Molineux to take on Wolves on Saturday, when he will be looking to keep up the good work and cement his place in Lampard’s side.
Michael Holland is a reporter with over two decades of journalism experience. A Bolton fan, Michael often writes football articles, as well as having a strong knowledge of golf, cricket and Australian sports.