Derby County midfielder Mason Mount has revealed his delight after he was called up to the England senior national team squad.
The 19-year-old was invited by England head coach, Gareth Southgate to train with the World Cup squad for four days before they jetted off to Russia.
Mount insists training with the team only made him more determined to return on a more full-time basis as he looks to become the first outfield player plying his trade in the Championship to earn an England cap since Cardiff’s Jay Bothroyd in 2010.
“One hundred per cent, coming in before the World Cup, training for four days, it made me hungrier to get into the squad,” Mount said, according to Sky Sports.
“Being selected for the U21s was a massive achievement for me and it was a goal.”
“You get to know the staff, the players, being in and around the meetings, it is definitely a step up.”
“They are playing Champions League football, they are playing Premier League football, and they are the top, top players in the world so it is a step up.”
“But when I get on the pitch I try to play my football and to be tactically and mentally ready.”