Declan Rice has once again declared his admiration for friend and fellow England star Mason Mount.

Rice entered into the Three Lions’ Diary Room and hyped up the Chelsea forward.

Mount and the West Ham United captain have an unbreakable bond that was formed during their days at Cobham.

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The pair were partners in crime at Chelsea’s academy, before Rice relocated across London with the Hammers.

But the compatriots have maintained their relationship ever since, and have shared the pitch on numerous occasions.

As capital city rivals in the Premier League, but also on the grandest of stages for the national team.

They lived and breathed the European Championships together on home soil last summer, both hugely contributing to England’s run to the final.

Rice and Mount made for each other

Now, Mount and Rice have the pleasure of taking their friendship global at the World Cup in Qatar.

Both started and starred in the opening game against Iran, where Gareth Southgate’s side smashed their opponents for six.

Southgate’s midfield consisted of the two Chelsea products alongside Jude Bellingham, who was arguably his nation’s best player on the day.

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“Playing with Jude and Mase is special. Two top talents in the world,” said Rice.

“Mase is always going to be in pockets and go forward and do what he does best.”

Rice is reportedly going to be revelling in the role within the excellent midfield trio once again later today.

According to reports, Southgate will name an unchanged England line-up for the mighty contest with the USA this evening.

Mount is set to face his current Chelsea colleague Christian Pulisic, who provided the assist to help the United States draw with Wales.

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.