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Target training: Mount putting in extra work with Lampard, hoping for England debut

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Hitting all the targets

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One month into the season it’s safe to say that Mason Mount is living up to the hype. While Chelsea’s results overall have been rather mixed, the 20-year-old Academy graduate has impressed, and has even earned a call-up to the England squad.

It’s not the first time he’s joined the senior team, after getting included in pre-World Cup training last summer and receiving a call while on loan at Derby County last season as well, but he now has a realistic chance of actually making his debut.

He’s looking forward to that as much as he had been looking forward to his Chelsea debut.

“You can’t really put into words how it will feel stepping out onto the pitch at Wembley and representing your country. 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.”

-Mason Mount; source: Metro

One of those coaches who have helped Mount get to this point is of course none other than Frank Lampard, who’s not only been his idol as he was coming up through the Chelsea academy, but already coached him last season. Now that they’re both at Chelsea, that working relationship is continuing just the same, and is translating into tangible improvement on the pitch.

“After training, we would do some finishing sometimes. Obviously talking to him every day, especially after games, [he] tells me what I can do better, where I can make the runs and where I can get into the box. I’m always speaking to him and trying to learn things every day. Mostly after training, we do finishing and there’s no better person to learn from than him!”

-Mason Mount; source: Metro

England take on Bulgaria (Saturday) and Kosovo (Tuesday), both at Wembley, in Euro 2020 qualifying. Expect Mount to play in at least one of those games, perhaps even as a starter.

Good luck, Mason — and no injuries, please!