Derby County manager Frank Lampard has said that on-loan midfielder Mason Mount won’t be fazed by the prospect of playing alongside England’s elite after he earned a maiden call-up to the national team. The 19-year-old has been a huge success for the Rams since joining them on a season-long loan from Chelsea and he has now been offered the chance to link up with the Three Lions for the upcoming internationals against Spain and Croatia.
“I don’t think training will faze him, I don’t think the names around him will faze him, he is too good for that. When you are in the England squad or just getting in it, there are only two things that can happen. One is you carry on and stay in it, the other is that you drop out!” Lampard is quoted as saying by Sky Sports News.
Southgate had initially suggested that Mason may not get a call-up to the England national side until he makes the jump from the Championship but much to the surprise of many, he has decided to take the risk with the young Chelsea graduate. Aside from Mount, Southgate has also gone with the services of Jadon Sancho, who has been a revelation since making the move to Borussia Dortmund.
Unlike other teenagers, Sancho decided to test himself in a foreign league after joining Dortmund last summer and he has since reached double figures in terms of goals and assists. The former Manchester City graduate recently signed a new long-term contract with the Bundesliga outfit until the summer of 2023.