Mason Mount is living the dream and spearheading the Chelsea youth revolution. In the span of just one month, he’s made his Chelsea debut, scored his first Chelsea goal, and as of this weekend, made his England senior debut as well. All before the age of 21.
In a word, it’s been a whirlwind.
“It’s been a crazy last couple of months. Making my debut for Chelsea, then being called up to the England squad and making my debut today. It has been a blur.”
Just like the Chelsea debut, which needed two successful loan stints, Mount’s England debut took a couple tries as well. He had joined the senior team in pre-World Cup training last summer, and was also called up once while at Derby County, before having to miss out due to injury. But now, almost a year later, Mount got the call halfway through the second-half in England’s easy 4-0 win over Bulgaria.
There was not much to take from his performance but it was the significance of the occasion that was truly noteworthy. An academy graduate, who’s been at the club since the under-6 level, making it not only to the first team, but also earning his first cap for his country — it doesn’t get much better than that. Mount is delighted by it all, to say the least.
“It’s an unbelievable feeling to make your debut for your country. It’s something that you dream of as a little kid. I think the percentage of people that do it are very slim but I’ve been working hard for a long time and obviously it’s a proud moment for me and my family.
“I wasn’t really too nervous. 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.”
- Mason Mount; source: Chelsea FC
Mount has the ability and mentality to succeed at the top and he has already shown plenty of glimpses of what lies ahead. Here’s to many more appearances and goals, for both club and country!