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Mason Mount will draw on the blueprint of Chelsea’s Champions League success to fire England towards glory.
The playmaker savoured the sweet taste of victory six weeks ago as Kai Havertz’s goal brought the Blues their second European crown.
It leaves the 22-year-old on the brink of joining a select group of just nine players who have won both the Champions League and the European Championships.
Mount, who has won an international tournament at junior level with the Three Lions at Under-19 level, believes the experience of coming out the other side with Thomas Tuchel’s side will help today.
And the fact that England’s team is full of players with big-game experience will ensure that nerves will be kept in check.
He said: “I think it really helps that we have just played in a Champions League final – and we had success in it.
Mason Mount has already tasted great success with Chelsea and can again with England
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“The two finals I played before with Chelsea, two FA Cup finals, we lost them both.
“So, to have that win under my belt in a final, in a big game, it really helps going into this.
“But I think a lot of the boys are very experienced in big games and know how to handle it.
“The last one was probably the biggest of our lives – now there’s an even bigger one.
“Obviously, it’s something we have never had before, playing for our country in a major final, but it’s something we will thrive off.”
It has not all been plain-sailing for Mount in this competition. He was forced to self-isolate when his club-mate, Billy Gilmour, was confirmed as having contracted COVID in the days that followed the goalless draw against Scotland.
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That led to the decision where both he, along with team-mate Ben Chilwell, were forced to self-isolate at St George’s Park while the rest of the squad continued with the tournament.
He missed the final group game and the landmark triumph over Germany but returned for the quarter-final romp against the Ukraine.
Mount said: “Obviously, it was frustrating – but it was something I had to do.
“When it happened, I tried to stay positive and not look at it negatively.
“The boys had a massive game coming up against the Czech Republic and me and Chilly just wanted to be there for them, to help support them for the game.
“We got through that and ahead of the game against Germany, just being involved in the meetings virtually, listening to the game-plans – it helped us stay positive.
“We were in the bubble, knowing what the boys were doing and it helped us keep our heads.
"And we could go out and train and stay fit. It was boring in the room for a lot of the time, I just watched a lot of films.
“But Facetiming the boys and family, you do things to keep the time moving. It was difficult but I think I’m mentally strong and I drew on that.”
Mount will come face-to-face with another Chelsea colleague this evening – he is likely to be in direct competition with Jorginho who has emerged as one of Italy’s star performers.
And, clearly, one of the jokers in the pack at the club’s training base in Cobham.
He added: “Yeah, he’s a prankster. I spend a lot of time with him.
Jorginho is the "prankster" in Chelsea's ranks, says Mount
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“He’s had me a couple of times, there’s one that’s quite common. When we go out training there’s a microwave which heats up your boots so that when you put them on it feels nice, not tough and hard.
“When you take them out, the studs – which are metal – are boiling hot.
“He walks out last when everyone is putting their boots on and he puts the hot stud on your leg, leaving a little burn. He’s done that a couple of times.
“When I came back to the club from being on loan, he did that to me – but I know the drill now and I’m looking out for him.”
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