Mason Mount has revealed how Derby manager Frank Lampard joked about resting the midfielder before telling him he had been called up by England for the first time.
Mount, 19, is one of a number of surprise inclusions in Gareth Southgate’s 25-man squad for the upcoming clashes with Croatia and Spain.
The Chelsea midfielder, who is on loan at Pride Park, trained with the England team before they reached the World Cup semi-finals.
He has now taken his place among the squad and it was Lampard who told him the good news, albeit with a twist.
‘He spoke about maybe I needed a rest against QPR and then he told me about how Gareth had called him up and told me I was going away with the England first team,’ Mount told RamsTV. ‘He definitely played me!’
‘I’m going to remember this for a long time,’ he added
‘Obviously getting chosen to go and train with the England first team before the World Cup was an unbelievable achievement for myself and then it was a proud moment to be called up for the Under-21s for the first time last month.
‘In the game I got a goal and an assist and now being called up to the senior team is something I’m going to remember for a long time and I’m pleased with it.’
England face Croatia on October 12 before they take on Spain three days later in the UEFA Nations League.
Mount is aware of the challenge ahead and paid tribute to the players and staff at his Championship club for helping him shine on the pitch.
‘It will be two tough games. It’s great experience for me but I’ve got to say thank you to the gaffer, Jody Morris and all the staff here at Derby County, and the players as well,’ he said.
‘Without them and the way we play and the way we have been playing, I wouldn’t be in the position I am now so a lot of thanks has to go to Derby County.’