The 19-year-old midfielder, currently on loan at Derby, earned his first Three Lions call-up for the Nations League games against Croatia and Spain
The biggest surprise for Gareth Southgate’s latest England squad saw Chelsea teenager Mason Mount called up for the Three Lions’ UEFA Nations League matches against Croatia and Spain.
Chelsea midfielder Mount, 19, is currently on loan at Frank Lampard’s Derby and has never played in the Premier League having only started his senior career in 2017.
He has impressed in the early stages of the Championship season, starting every game for the Rams and scoring five goals.
But Mount has been threatening to burst onto the scene for some time now and has been named on England’s bench for their match at Croatia tonight – a game you can listen to live on talkSPORT.
Here, talkSPORT.com takes a look at his life in football up to this point.
Mount’s talent was apparent from a very early age. Born in Portsmouth, he was competing in under-six leagues at the age of four while spending one day a week training in the academies of Pompey, Southampton and Chelsea.
In 2005, six-year-old Mount joined the Blues. He made his under-18 debut in the 2013/14 season and worked his way into England’s youth set-up the following campaign.
During the 2016/17 season, the youngster established himself as a regular in Chelsea’s under-18s and under-21s, netting ten goals in 39 appearances.
Chelsea rewarded him with a four-year contract in 2017, running until 2021, before loaning him out to Dutch club Vitesse – the stomping ground for so many Blues academy products.
While many bright Chelsea careers fade away in the Netherlands, Mount’s loan spell was incredibly fruitful.
The teenager made 39 appearances in all competitions for Vitesse, scoring 14 goals and notching up 10 assists, while appearing in the Eredivisie Team of the Week on several occasions and winning the club’s player of the season award.
Upon his return to Chelsea, Mount was immediately loaned out to Derby, who had recently appointed Blues legend Lampard as their new manager.
The 19-year-old scored on his debut as the Rams beat Reading 2-1 and has five goals in his opening 15 Derby appearances.
Mount caught the eye during his side’s dramatic penalty-shootout victory over Manchester United at Old Trafford in the Carabao Cup and Southgate admitted that performance influenced his selection.
“Mount stepped up and scored a penalty at Old Trafford, he took it like he had been there all his life,” Southgate said.
“Very often we hold youngsters back a bit too much and I’m always trying to find that balance.”