Mount Reveals First Thing He Was Told After Coming On For His Debut

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Chelsea midfielder Mason Mount came on in the 67th minute of the game against Bulgaria as he made his debut for the Three Lions.

Mount was reunited with best friend Declan Rice for the first time since they were playing age group football at Chelsea in their early-teens.

Rice who was on the pitch before Mount as he started the game didn’t give Mount a warm welcome, as his first words to his childhood friend were some instructions.

“The first thing he said was to mark someone,” said the Chelsea midfielder.

“After that we calmed down, I looked at him, he looked at me and we were just smiling at each other.

“Just that recognition we were on the same pitch together again.”

Rice has revealed that he never imagined he would be back playing with Mount at international level but revealed they discussed the possibility on holiday together over the summer.

“From the moment he was lined up to come on, I had a smile on my face,” Rice told Standard Sport. “When he ran out to the reception he got, it was really special. I felt like a proud best friend.

“I thought this would be the last way of us playing together again. You’d think we’d maybe rekindle at a club somewhere but for it to come with England is really special. It’s the best way to do it.

“We never spoke about the possibility until this summer. The season he had [on loan] at Derby was outstanding, he did really well with the Under-21s and the call-up from Gareth [Southgate] was waiting for him.

“When we were on holiday together this summer we said, ‘What if it happens?’ with a smile on our faces. When the squad came out, we phoned each other, we were really happy.

“Since we were young, we’ve always been egging each other on to get better. We’ve always had a winning mentality. We went our separate ways but always stayed in contact, dropped each other a message now and then.

“It just shows the type of character he is that he came on and did excellently. He fully deserves it.”

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