The Blues attacking midfielder grew up watching the Croatian superstar’s game and will now face him for the third time this season
Mason Mount will face Luka Modric again in England’s Euro 2020 opener against Croatia and the Chelsea midfielder is eager to face one of his biggest idols.
Being short as a youngster in Chelsea academy, Mount looked up to Modric and former Barcelona legend Andres Iniesta while making his own way to the top of world football.
Now an established Chelsea player, Mount played a key role in his side’s victory over Real Madrid in two Champions League matches, as the Blues would win the competition against Manchester City in the final, but as well as his medal, La Modric’s shirt also served as an important momento won from the race in Europe.
What he said?
“I have it at home with a few others. It’s always good to keep those special shirts,” Mount told reporters in St. George’s Park.
“I spoke to Kovacic before the first game and asked him if I could get his jersey at a later date. I managed to do that and he asked for mine in the second game because I didn’t get him. gave mine on the first one.
“Kova said he liked to interact with the players so he came over and said he wanted mine, just said good luck for the next games. It was obviously great for me to talk to him and he wants to my swimsuit so I was pretty overwhelmed.
“He has always been a player that I admire. Since being in the Premier League with Tottenham I have watched him very closely. Playing against him was weird because I had watched him so much, I the kind knew his moves and what he was going to do.
“It helps to be a fan of a player and then to play against him because you know what he likes to do. The experience of playing against him helps because you want to be in those big games and learn how to handle the game. pressure and great moments.
“The two games [against Real Madrid] were huge in our race and I gained a lot of experience from both games. “
How will England use Mount?
Gareth Southgate will likely rely heavily on the 22-year-old midfielder throughout this upcoming tournament, having faced him in almost every game over the past 12 months.
Mount has played in the central midfielder and as a striker for England and he will likely adapt his roles to the different opponents the Three Lions face.
Indeed, he is comfortable playing different roles, having gone through the Chelsea academy who likes to produce versatile footballers.
“I think if you look at the amount of talent we have in the group, that speaks for itself,” he added. “We have players who can handle the ball, keep the ball and play football with possession, create chances and be a threat for the future.
“This is something that we obviously always try to perfect. It will never be 100% perfection, you know in a game there will be times when things don’t click sometimes, but with the players we have and what we’ve been working on in training, I’m hopeful that will work out.
“We’re going to play together and it’s going to connect when the game comes along, so that’s what we’re focusing on and hopefully that happens.”
He went on to say that his team can win glory this summer.
“We have never won a Euro before, so for us, we are a team that really wants to want to do it,” he concluded.
“We want to create a story that no one has ever done before and I feel like with this group, with this young group, we can do it and we know what we can do.”