Whilst he may not have made his senior England debut, Mason Mount’s inclusion in the squad bodes well for his future at Chelsea

Since Frank Lampard’s retirement, Chelsea fans have been looking for his replacement to come through the academy.

Many believed it was Ruben Loftus-Cheek – although his future may lie elsewhere after a rough start to the season.

But the rapid rise of Mason Mount has Chelsea fans believing that he could be the answer to their prayers.

He’s having a wonderful time on loan at Derby County where he’s playing under the aforementioned Lampard and his former youth manager, Jody Morris.

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And England manager Gareth Southgate decided his performances at Derby deserved Mount to receive a call-up to the senior England squad.

Although he failed to make his senior England debut, Mount’s time in the squad will be invaluable.

He would have been surrounded by professionals who have years of experience that Mount could learn from.

Being a part of a squad with players that Mount probably watch on TV as a kid should on increase his hunger to get back there.

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Therefore, it should give him an incentive to keep working hard at Derby to earn himself a call back.

Also, Mount’s astronomical rise could have gone to his head, although he seems fairly grounded.

But by not getting a his senior debut, he’ll understand that he’ll need to work even harder to earn it.

And therefore, Chelsea’s most promising youngster should be looking to have an excellent season at Derby before returning to Chelsea.