England midfielder Mason Mount is relishing the potential of one other head-to-head battle with Croatia’s Luka Modric in Sunday’s Euro 2020 conflict after taking the spoils in his first encounter along with his boyhood idol.
Mount’s influential show performed a key position in Chelsea’s Champions League semi-final victory towards Modric’s Actual Madrid this season.
The Chelsea star grew up in awe of Modric’s swish performances for Tottenham, Actual and Croatia so needed to pinch himself when Modric requested for his shirt after Chelsea’s 2-0 second-leg triumph at Stamford Bridge.
However his admiration for the 35-year-old can be placed on maintain at Wembley this weekend when England kick off their Euro marketing campaign.
“He has always been a player that I have looked up to,” Mount mentioned on Friday. “Ever since he has been in the Premier League with Tottenham, I have watched him quite closely.
“Enjoying towards him, it was bizarre as a result of I had watched him a lot, I type of knew his strikes and what he was going to do.
“It helps being a fan of a player and then playing against him because you know what he likes to do.
“The expertise of enjoying towards him helps since you wish to be in these huge video games and learn to deal with the stress and large moments.”
Mount took home Modric’s shirt after the first leg in Madrid, with the 2018 Ballon d’Or winner then requesting his jersey in the return meeting.
“I spoke to (Mateo) Kovacic earlier than the primary recreation and requested if I might get his shirt at a later date,” he said.
“I managed to do this and he requested for mine within the second recreation as a result of I did not really give him mine within the first.
“Kova said he likes to swap with players so he came up and said he wanted mine, just said ‘good luck in the upcoming games’.”
On present kind, Mount is a powerful contender for a spot in Gareth Southgate’s beginning line-up to face Croatia in a rematch of the 2018 World Cup semi-final received by Modric’s males.
Having offered the pinpoint move that led to Kai Havertz’s winner in Chelsea’s Champions League ultimate victory towards Manchester Metropolis, Mount’s confidence is excessive.
The 22-year-old would love to assist England obtain their very own historic triumph within the Covid-delayed European Championship.
“Obviously knowing the history, we’ve never won a Euros before, so, for us, we’re a team that’s very hungry to want to do that,” Mount mentioned.
“We want to create history that no-one has ever done before and I feel like with this group, with this young group, we can definitely do that and we know what we can do.”