Mason Mount will remember the moment of his first senior England call-up for a long time.
The Portsmouth-born midfielder has been enjoying an excellent season and can now look forward to England’s matches against Croatia and Spain next week.
He has netted five goals in 14 appearances for Derby County and England boss Gareth Southgate has clearly been impressed with his performances.
Former Purbrook Park pupil Mount told Rams TV: ‘I’m going to remember this for a long time.
‘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.’
Mount, 19, was on Pompey’s books as a youngster. He knows England will be pushed hard in the two matches against high-quality opposition.
He’s on a season-long loan with Derby from Chelsea and has paid tribute to the work of the Rams coaching staff this season.
‘It will be two tough games,’ he added.
‘It’s great experience for me but I’ve got to say thank you to the gaffer, Jody Morris and all the staff at Derby County, and the players as well.
‘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.’
Mount was given the news by Derby boss Frank Lampard who initially told him he was due for a rest.
He added: ‘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.
‘He definitely played me!’
Mount’s parents are in Australia and he’s not sure yet whether they will be back to see the game.
‘My mum and dad are in Australia at the moment because my sister lives over there,’ he said.
‘She has been there for a few years now and she’s just had a baby so they are there and I told them and they are excited.
‘I’m not sure if they are going to come back and watch or watch the game out there. They will definitely watch the games.’