Even if Mason Mount makes his England debut during either of their European Championship qualifiers against Bulgaria or Kosovo, he will remain years behind the target his manager at Chelsea, Frank Lampard, has set him. Lampard won 106 caps during a fine international career, and has told Mount to strive for even more.
The 20-year-old has also already arguably showed greater promise than Lampard at the same age. His breakthrough perhaps came in 2017/18 on loan at Vitesse Arnhem, where he arrived speaking no Dutch but finished the season as player of the year. That summer, owing to his performances and reputation, he was then invited – alongside Phil Foden and Ryan Sessegnon – to train with the senior England team in the build-up to the World Cup in Russia. Having impressed on loan under Lampard at Derby last season, he was called up for England fixtures against Croatia and Spain.
“Mason has been one of the outstanding players in the Premier League this season,” Gareth Southgate recently said, suggesting that that first appearance is imminent. “We bought him into the squad last October, as much for the experience as anything. This time he is in on merit.”