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Chelsea youngster Mason Mount who is currently on loan to Frank Lampard’s Derby County is in line to make his England Under-21s debut on Thursday.

The player has already set his sights on becoming the nation’s next Frank Lampard.

Mason Mount trained with Gareth Southgate’s senior squad ahead of the Russia 2018 World Cup and is considered a fine prospect by the England manager.

The player spent last season on loan to Eredivisie side Vitesse and opted to join Derby County this term.

When asked if he saw himself scoring Premier League goals like Lampard and Gerrard, he said:

“That is the goal. That is where I want to end up.

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“I got 14 last season in the Dutch league and started off with four this season so I just want to keep working hard in that part of my game – score goals and continue to be a threat going forward.

“There were options in Germany or I could have gone back to Holland but I think, for me, I went away and wanted to come back and show what I can do.

“I wanted to test myself in the Championship. People say it is one of the toughest leagues in the world and you are playing so much, I just wanted to test myself.”

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He impressed in the Eredivisie and this led to him receiving a call to join Southgate’s squad before the World Cup.

“It was like 11:30 at night, a couple of days before a game and I got a call from my Under-19s manager and I didn’t answer it because I was about to go to sleep,” he said.

“Then I got a call from the Academy manager at Chelsea and thought ‘I wonder what is going on here, something must be happening’.

“So I called my Dad and asked if he knew anything, he said no and told me to call them back so I called my England Under-19s manager back.

“He said ‘Gareth Southgate wants you to come in and train for four days before the start of the World Cup.’ It was quite a surreal thing to hear and I couldn’t believe it at first.”