Jamie Carragher revealed he once coached Mason Mount whilst the Chelsea midfielder was playing for England’s Under-17 side.
Writing for the Telegraph, Carragher shared his very short experience of managing Mount when the Blues ace was a teenager.
“I did, however, have the privilege of coaching him (Mount) for a short period when he was playing for England’s Under 17s,” the former Liverpool defender admitted.
“The manager at the time, Steve Cooper (now at Swansea City), knew I was keeping my options open about a career in coaching so invited me to be his assistant for a game against Germany in 2015.
“I had a touchline view of the next generation in an impressive 2-1 win.
“Within a few minutes of the first training session at St George’s Park, Mount’s talent stood out.
“It sounds like a cliche to say you can spot class in a couple of seconds, but it’s true.”
Best known for his work with Liverpool and Sky Sports, very few would know the secret coaching life of Carragher.
But everyone is certainly aware of Mount and how far he’s progressed in the past few years.
The 22-year-old made his 100th Chelsea appearance on Tuesday against Real Madrid in the Champions League semi-final.
625 days before that, he was making his senior Blues debut in a 4-0 Premier League defeat to Manchester United.
Before breaking into the first team, Mount earned his stripes with Vitesse Arnhem and Derby County.
Fast forward to present day and he is now a stalwart for club and country.
He is Gareth Southgate’s golden son, as he was for Frank Lampard.
Thomas Tuchel didn’t take long to adopt him as his sporting child either.
Fans and rivals alike now fully appreciate Mount’s talent, presenting him as the future of this footballing nation.
Carragher felt he could reach the levels of Chelsea greats that have walked before him, saying: “This kid can be the symbol of Chelsea for the next 10 years in the same way as John Terry in his prime.”
Mount is already on his way to achieving Terry status, having twice been handed the captain armbands in FA Cup games this season.
Should we thank you now or later, Carra?