Mason Mount says he’s excited about the chance of creating his own England bow.
The pair have been included in the squad to the Qualifiers against Kosovo and Bulgaria of Gareth Southgate where without playing Mount, who joined up in October last year, will acquire his first senior global cap.
Rice and mount played in the Chelsea youth ranks if he was just 14, before the latter was released by the Blues. However, he joined West Ham and has since gone on for a routine for country and club.
Into the senior side at which he expects to get the chance to more play along with his buddy, Mount has made a second call-up Observing a remarkable start to his Premier League career under Frank Lampard at Chelsea.
“That is something we’ve talked around for a long, long moment,” Mount said. “Being really, very close buddies with him that’s something we have always looked forward to maybe happening later on. Speaking with him, that’s very exciting.
“We’re very, very near and’ve known each other for quite a long time. We have always spoken of playing with each other 14, about that chance.
“Playing with one another in Chelsea at that youthful age, it had been something special between us we’ve always kept that hope of it maybe happening again.”
Mount admits he had been disappointed to see as they came through the ranks, Rice depart Chelsea but has not yet been amazed at his rapid increase in both Premier League and on the global stage, which watched him make his England debut.
“Yeah of course [I was sad to see go]. He was one of my closest buddies. But like I mentioned before – that’s football and it happens,” he said.
“He is bounced back and look what he is doing today. It is a credit to him and his mindset that is what he is like as a boy: he does not let anything get him downhe always focused on achieving things.”
Mount said being involved Southgate’s squad for their Nations League matches against Croatia and Spain last October gave him the”appetite” to earn another call-up into the side and revealed that it will be an emotional occasion for his family if chosen.
“You always dream about this call-up – which start for England as a child, so I have always dreamt of that,” he said. “I am looking forward to those two games, therefore working hard in practice to make that happen.
“Being in the group last year, obtaining a flavor of being around the area and being together with the very first team gave me that additional hunger to go and wish to participate with the squad again, so it is a huge moment for me and I’m looking forward to those two matches.
“I think being at Chelsea, it’s that different level. But coming here last year, being concerned about the group, learning how they work, I’ve been in England throughout the ages but once you get called up into the seniors it is a level that is different. So being here last year, working together, understanding how they want to work and play has clearly helped me returning last season.”
He added:”It is such a happy moment, it’s what you dream about for a verylong moment. You can not actually have the words to explain that sense of stepping out to your country, creating your debut.
“It’s such a gigantic moment for your loved ones, for all the coaches that have worked with you before. So it’s people I’ve worked with before and not a moment for me but a large moment for those folks about me.
“It is going to be an extremely proud time for me and there’ll most likely be a couple of tears if I really do have to make my debut. [My family] are a gigantic part of my livelihood so hopefully I can create my debut and they’ll be veryhappy.”