People often are too fast to point out that Chelsea have not given ample opportunities to their youth players in the past. This opinion has been changing slowly but surely with the way Maurizio Sarri used the likes of Lofus-Cheek and Hudson Odoi and how Frank Lampard is now using academy players like Abraham, Mount, Zouma, Christensen etc.
Mason especially has been very impressive since he started playing for Chelsea senior team since last month. Having impressed under Lampard, Mount certainly made a mark on another high profile coach’s mind. Gareth Southgate, the national team coach for England.
The 20-year-old midfielder has made the debut as the 1243rd player playing for the Three Lions.
Speaking to Chelsea’s website, Mount was full of pride and happiness.
On National Debut
‘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.’
On How He Felt On The Pitch
‘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.’
About The Last Two Months
‘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.’
On Southgate And The National Teammates
‘He just said congratulations for making your debut and well done.’
‘All the boys came up to me after the game in the dressing room saying well done. You can feel how tight the group is, we’re a young group but we’re fired up to win games and learn.’