Raheem Sterling credits Chelsea colleague Mason Mount for putting on the finest performance in training he’s ever witnessed.

Speaking on the Lions’ Den, Sterling reminisced about Mount’s clearly incredible display he delivered during one session with England.

The two Stamford Bridge stars have known each other for some time now and have seen plenty of training days go by.

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But when Mount first linked up with the senior England squad in 2018, he and Sterling probably weren’t familiar friends at that point.

Sterling was already an established Premier League player with Manchester City, not to mention a regular for the Three Lions.

Mount meanwhile was part way through his loan spell with Derby County under Frank Lampard.

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Chelsea’s academy graduate might’ve been in awe of those at Saint George’s Park, but his exhibition on his initial call from Gareth Southgate was seemingly nothing short of excellent.

“Best training performance I’ve seen to this day. Every time we speak, always say to him: ‘the best training performance to this day’,” admitted Sterling.

“He got brought in to the seniors from the U-21s or something and he just came and I think he was at Derby at the time and I’m not even exaggerating, left foot, right foot, chopping.

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“It was the best training performance I’ve seen. I haven’t seen anything that’s topped that. Incredible.”

The fact Sterling has since trained with some of the modern greats including Kevin De Bruyne, Erling Haaland and N’Golo Kante to name a few, that is some compliment to Mount.

But it’s no surprise he pulled it out of the bag under the watchful eye of Southgate.

He was there to impress and not make up the numbers.

It’s a trait that’s evidently helped Chelsea’s young midfielder remain a crucial part of the England set-up ever since.  

Nathaniel is a football journalist who graduated from the University of Derby. He has worked at Burton Albion as part of their media team for two years. Nathaniel produces regular articles for the club’s official website and match-day programme. He covered the 2018 U20 Women’s World Cup in Brittany and has reported from grounds ranging from non-league up to the Premier League.