Mason Mount can not wait to pit his wits towards Croatia playmaker Luka Modric once more, only a month on from the England midfielder being left gobsmacked when considered one of his boyhood heroes requested for his shirt.
All eyes might be on Wembley this Sunday as Gareth Southgate’s males kick off Euro 2020 Group D towards the aspect that broke English hearts within the World Cup semi-finals three years in the past.
Modric ran the present as Croatia got here again to safe that 2-1 extra-time win and the Three Lions might be trying to actual revenge beneath the arch, the place Mount is hoping to get the higher of the veteran as soon as extra.
The Chelsea midfielder went toe-to-toe with the 35-year-old within the Champions League semi-finals and performed a key function within the Blues knocking out Actual Madrid earlier than happening to win the ultimate towards Manchester Metropolis.
“He has at all times been a participant that I’ve appeared as much as,” Mount mentioned. “Ever since he has been within the Premier League with Tottenham, I’ve watched him fairly carefully.
“Taking part in towards him, it was bizarre as a result of I had watched him a lot, I form of knew his strikes and what he was going to do.
“It helps being a fan of a participant after which enjoying towards him as a result of you realize what he likes to do.
“The expertise of enjoying towards him helps since you need to be in these large video games and learn to deal with the stress and large moments.
“Them two video games had been large in our run and I gained plenty of expertise from them two video games.”
Mount didn’t solely play towards Modric however took dwelling his shirt, with the 2018 Ballon d’Or winner then requesting his jersey at Stamford Bridge.
“I spoke to (Mateo) Kovacic earlier than the primary sport and requested if I may get his shirt at a later date,” he mentioned.
“I managed to do this and he requested for mine within the second sport as a result of I did not truly give him mine within the first.
“Kova mentioned he likes to swap with gamers so he got here up and mentioned he needed mine, simply mentioned good luck within the upcoming video games.
“It was good for me clearly to talk to him and he desires my shirt so I used to be fairly overwhelmed, yeah.”
Requested what it felt like understanding Modric needed his shirt, he smiled and mentioned: “Particular. I’ve bought it at dwelling alongside with a few others I’ve bought over the past couple of months or so. It is at all times good to maintain these particular shirts.”
Jasper Taylor is joined by Rob Dorsett, Nick Wright and Gerard Model for a definitive debate on the largest England speaking level forward of their Euro 2020 opener towards Croatia on Sunday: who will begin at Wembley?
Partly one, Rob brings us all the newest perception from St George’s Park, whereas the panel run via the formation and defence
Partly two (22:31), it is all concerning the midfield and ahead line. Is there an opportunity Rashford and Sterling begin over Foden and Grealish? And will England look to play two defensive midfielders within the knockout levels?
And partially three (42:27), the SkySports.com readers’ XI is revealed, and each Nick and Gerard choose their shock impression participant from England’s squad.