Ross Barkley has likened Chelsea teammate Mason Mount to Frank Lampard and believes he will be a hit with England.
Mount has enjoyed a stellar start to the season, scoring two goals in four games for the Blues as well as receiving a call-up to the national side.
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- Mount picked up the Player of the Year award during his first loan spell with Vitesse in 2017/18.
- He netted an impressive 14 goals across all competitions as he was also named in the Eredivisie Team of the Year.
- His goalscoring exploits from midfield drew comparisons with Lampard, who took him on loan with Derby last term.
- Again, Mount thrived, scoring an impressive 11 goals as the Rams reached the Championship play-off final.
- With Lampard now at the Chelsea helm, Mount has continued his ascent, and goalscoring rate.
The 20-year-old has been drafted in Gareth Southgate’s 25-man band for the upcoming Euro 2020 Qualifiers against Bulgaria and Kosovo.
Barkley also earned a call-up, and he has now earmarked his fellow countryman to make a considerable impact for the Three Lions, while also comparing his technique to that of a young Lampard.
Barkley said: “I believe he will be in the squad 100 per cent when it comes to it.
“Then it is down to him but I believe he will be [in the team] because of how good he is and the things I have seen this season.
“The way he arrives in the box and gets shots away early, it is similar to Lamps. He has a really good technique with how he finishes as well. He is a brilliant player.”
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“He is hungry to improve”
Barkley outlined exactly why the attacking midfielder has flourished so much this campaign, believing his young compatriot has the mental capacity and drive to excel in any attacking role Lampard entrusts him with.
He added: “He is hungry to improve, hungry to score and hungry to help the team in any way he can, if it is out on the left, in the No10 or in a midfield three.”
Southgate has called up four uncapped players for the European qualifiers this month. Among those are Leicester City’s James Maddison, Mount, Man Utd’s Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Aston Villa’s Tyrone Mings.
England face Bulgaria at home this Saturday before clashing with Kosovo next Tuesday.