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Mason Mount has plenty to learn from fellow England teammate

Chelsea attacker Mason Mount has said that he has plenty to learn from close friend Declan Rice, who has taken the hard yards to succeed at both club and international level. Rice was released from his boyhood club Chelsea at the age of just 14 and he thereafter made the move to West Ham United, where he has become a top professional.

The 20-year-old has already earned three appearances for England after switching his allegiance from the Republic of Ireland and he is expected to earn more gametime with the national team during the forthcoming European qualifiers. Speaking in a press conference, Mount spoke highly about Rice and said that he can learn about the hardships of finding success from the midfielder’s path after leaving the Blues, he told: “He has that fight and that desire. To be knocked down and released by what is his club – he has always supported Chelsea from a boy – is tough, and tough to come back from. He has done that and I definitely think I can learn stuff off him. I am always speaking to him.”

Mount has been called up to the national side after the recent run of good form for the Blues in the Premier League. He has particularly excelled in the number 10 role with a couple of goals this term but there are no assurances that he could be handed with a starting spot with the Three Lions. Nonetheless, manager Gareth Southgate is bound to consider the youngster as an option off the bench during the Euro 2020 qualifiers against Bulgaria and Kosovo.

Apart from Mount, Tyrone Mings remains another player, who could make his maiden appearance for the Three Lions during the international break. Aaron Wan-Bissaka was another player with the chance of making his England debut but that won’t happen with the Manchester United star withdrawing from the squad with a back problem.