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Frank Lampard has taken to Mason Mount from his time as Derby County manager, and the pair are in their third season together, with Frank Lampard still a huge fan of the 21-year-old.
Mount sees Frank Lampard as his football hero, and his playing pattern has often been likened with Lampard. However, Lampard doesn’t think their football style is anything close.
Lampard said ahead of facing Newcastle: “He tried everything to get into the game, he gave everything. I don’t really see much of me in him. We had different styles but I love his work ethic.”
Mount started all three of England’s matches during the two-week break and scored his third Three Lions goal against Iceland, and Lampard was full of praise for the young midfielder.
Lampard said: “I think it shows how much Gareth Southgate sees in him and relies on him and trusts in him. It’s nice to see a lot of positivity around Mason. It is well deserved.
“Maybe he’s a player who has more quality passes in pressing moments in a game than a show-reel of stepovers and flicks. Maybe that’s not as exciting to the modern fan, but, for us managers, I think you can see how much we rely on him.
“I get Gareth’s position in playing him. He played three games. He was the only player in the England squad, of all the European-playing players at club level, to play all three games.
“I know it adds to his games, but I understand Gareth’s position and I understand where he will be with that.
“The thing about Mason is that he has a great attitude, he’s a fit young man and will have a lot of games coming up that I will need him to be fit for.”