Declan Rice has revealed that he’s told Chelsea star Mason Mount to shoot more following on from his England goal over the weekend, as he scored the winner in a 2-1 Nations League victory at home to Belgium.
West Ham midfielder Rice started in the centre of the park, while childhood best friend and Blues ace Mount was used as part of an attacking trio.
Mount was deployed by England boss Gareth Southgate in a wide role, with his winning goal coming from him cutting inside to his favoured right foot and seeing his deflected shot nestle into the far corner.
The 21-year-old is a versatile player that has been used as both a midfielder and attacker, which shows his versatility on the pitch and the maturity he already has to his game at a young age.
Rice has explained that he’s advised England teammate Mount to get more shots off, something which worked a treat against Belgium.
“I thought he (Mount) worked excellently all night. That’s a position that’s really hard to play in a 5-2-3 because he’s always scanning, always pressing and he thoroughly deserved his goal,” Rice said, as quoted by the Times.
“I said to him, ‘You’ve got to do that more often — don’t think about passing it around the box, get your shots off because you never know what’s going to happen.’ He might have laid that ball off, the ball wouldn’t have gone in the back of the net.
“So, delighted to see my best mate score again for England and hopefully I can pop up with one soon. I’m due one.”
Mount looks like he’s developing into a permanent player in the England squad and he’s getting some regular game-time to suggest Southgate trusts him as a player.
The Blues academy graduate is massively in favour with Chelsea manager Frank Lampard too, but he knows he’s competing alongside quality players for both club and country to start regularly.
Mount played in more games than any other Chelsea player last season, but the arrival of some top forward signings means he may not start every week and he’s got to make an impact when he plays.