Trophies Mount for teenage talent

Portsmouth-born England under-17s international Mason Mount
Portsmouth-born England under-17s international Mason Mount
Alan Knight was impressed by Brett Pitman's first goal at Rochdale. Picture: Daniel Chesterton/phcimages.com

Another big Plymouth occasion – but pressure’s off Pompey this time

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Portsmouth-born Mason Mount has continued his remarkable season by winning the FA Youth Cup with Chelsea.

The former Purbrook Park pupil rose to national attention on England under-17s duty in November with a wonder goal in a 2-1 win over Germany, and played a starring role as the Blues saw off Manchester City over two legs.

Mount opened the scoring in the first leg – a 1-1 away draw watched by City’s first-team players – before helping the Londoners to a second-leg 3-1 win at Stamford Bridge last night to complete a 4-2 aggregate success.

That’s the second piece of silverware he has helped Chelsea lift in the space of a month, having also been a part of the club’s Uefa Youth League under-19s title-winning squad.

The youth equivalent of the Champions League, 17-year-old Mount was among the youngest to be involved as the Blues confirmed their status as Europe’s premier under-19s side.

The attacking midfielder heads for Azerbaijan tomorrow for the Uefa European Under-17 Championship as an integral member of England’s side.

Mason Mount proudly shows off the FA Youth Cup trophy he helped Chelsea win last night, alongside dad Tony

Mason Mount proudly shows off the FA Youth Cup trophy he helped Chelsea win last night, alongside dad Tony

The Three Lions get their bid for glory under way next Friday when they face Sweden.

Holders France and Denmark make up the rest of Group C as Mount looks to end an impressive personal campaign with more trophy glory.

The Pompey fan was presented with an England age-group cap by senior players Daniel Sturridge and Adam Lallana last month in recognition of his performances this season.

Next Tuesday, Mount talks exclusively to The News about his plans for the future and his dream to play at Fratton Park.