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Friday, September 6, 2019
Mount praises Lampard: "There is no better person to learn from than him"
Mason Mount says he has undertaken extra training sessions with Frank Lampard and insists there is "no better person to learn from" than the Chelsea boss.
The 20-year-old midfielder has been called into Gareth Southgate's England squad for the Euro 2020 qualifiers against Bulgaria and Kosovo following an impressive start to life in the Premier League under Lampard at Chelsea, after the pair enjoyed a successful season together at Derby last term.
Lampard is Chelsea's record goalscorer with 211 goals in 648 games and Mount, who has scored twice in four Premier League matches this season, is keen to soak up as much knowledge as he can from the Blues boss, which has seen him take on extra one-on-one sessions after training.
"After training we do some finishing sometimes," he said. "I'm obviously talking to him every day, especially after the games - what I can do better, where I can make the runs and where I can get into the box.
"I'm always speaking to him and trying to learn things every day, mostly after training doing finishing.
"There is no better person to learn from than him."
Lampard won over 100 caps for his country during his own playing career and Mount, who joined up with the England squad in October last year without playing, said that he has spoken with his club boss for advice ahead of a potential first senior cap this time around.
"It was a massive, massive moment for myself. This time, he just spoke to me and said, 'You've been called up again, go into it working hard like you've been doing at Chelsea'. So I've spoken to him a little bit and taken stuff off him, as I always do.
"When I'm with him it's mostly about club football, focusing on what we're doing in the Premier League. Having one or two chats with him, he's said it's obviously such a proud moment to represent your county so go and enjoy it.
"It's such an exciting time for English football. He said just go there and enjoy playing football for England."
Chelsea have picked up five points from their opening four Premier League games this season as Lampard navigates the club through a transfer ban, while trying to integrate a number of youth players into the first team.
Mount acknowledges the young team have had an inconsistent start to life in England's top flight but is determined to improve going forward and says the younger players have earned their place in the side.
''It's been a tough start. We have a young team - obviously we've come together," he said. "It's a new team as well. But we've been working hard and it's been a start we look back on and think, yeah, it's been ok, but we're looking forward to working hard even more.