Midfielder Mason Mount believes he will learn a lot from his experience with the England national squad.
Mount was an unused substitute for both of England’s recent UEFA Nations League fixtures against Croatia and Spain.
Following the 0-0 draw in Rijeka, England produced one of their finest displays in recent years, beating Luis Enrique’s Spanish side 3-2.
They raced into a three-goal half time lead, courtesy of goals from Raheem Sterling (2) and Marcus Rashford, and held out to ensure they defeated the 2010 World Cup winners.
“It was an unbelievable experience and I loved every second of it,” admitted Mount, speaking to RamsTV earlier today. “I was in and around the squad learning what they do on and off the pitch. There is a lot of preparation goes into everything. It was an unbelievable honour to be involved.
“It was a massive win against Spain. There was a lot of preparation that went into the game. We knew it was going to be tough playing away from home.
“It was a hostile environment but the way we started the game and the way we prepared, it set us up perfectly and the boys were excellent.”
It was the first time the 19-year-old had been officially called up to Gareth Southgate’s England squad. He did train with the Three Lions before their World Cup campaign in the summer, but his fine form for Derby this season propelled Mount into the manager’s plans.
He was one of six players who had yet to make their debut for their country and the average age of the squad was 24.
“The overall age of the squad is very low,” he said. “We had a lot of experienced players in there as well but I think with the introduction of younger players as well, there is a good mix. We are all very hungry to succeed.”
Despite not featuring in either fixture, Mount was thankful for the opportunity and has set his sights on pulling on the Three Lions shirt in the future.
“I want to play for England and make my debut,” he commented. “That’s my goal. That’s my personal goal and I’m going to continue working hard in order to reach that.”