Mason Mount says he is excited about the possibility of making his own England bow.
The group have been included in the squad to the European Qualifiers against Kosovo and Bulgaria of Gareth Southgate where Mount, that joined up with the England squad at October last year could win his first senior cap.
Rice and mount played together in the Chelsea youth ranks before the latter was published by the Blues if he was just 14. But he joined West Ham and has gone on for a routine for country and golf.
To the senior national side at which he hopes to find the chance to once more play his buddy, Mount has earned a second call-up Adhering to a remarkable start to his own Premier League career beneath Frank Lampard at Chelsea.
“That’s something we have talked around for a longlong moment,” Mount said. “Being really, very close friends with him that is something we’ve always looked forward to maybe happening in the future. Speaking with him, that is very exciting.
“We’re very, very near and’ve known each other for a very long time. We have always spoken of playing each other 14, about that opportunity.
“Playing with one another at Chelsea at that youthful age, it had been something special between us we’ve always kept that expectation of it possibly happening again.”
Mount admits he had been frustrated to see Rice leave Chelsea because they came through the ranks but hasn’t been amazed at his quick rise in the Premier League and on the stage, which watched him make his England debut.
“Yeah of course [I was sad to see go]. He had been among my friends. However, as I said before – that’s football and it occurs,” he said.
“He is bounced right back and look what he is doing today. It is a credit to him and his mentality – that’s what he’s like as a boyhe doesn’t let anything get him downhe always focused on achieving big things.”
Mount said being involved Southgate’s squad for their Nations League games from Croatia and Spain last October gave him the”appetite” to earn another call-up to the senior side and revealed that it will be an emotional occasion for his loved ones if chosen.
“You always dream about that call-up – that beginning for England as a kid, so I have always dreamt of that,” he explained. “I am looking forward to those two games, so working hard in training to hopefully make that happen.
“Being at the group last season, acquiring a taste of being around the area and being together with the first crew gave me that extra desire to go and need to be involved with the squad , so it’s a huge moment for me and I’m excited about those two games.
“I think being at Chelsea, it is that distinct degree. But coming last season, being involved with the group, studying how they operate, I’ve been through the ages at England but once you get called up to the seniors it has a different level. Being here last year, working together, realizing how they want to work and play has obviously helped me coming back last season.”
He added:”It’s such a proud moment, it’s exactly what you dream of for a verylong time. You can not really have the words to explain that feeling of stepping out to your own country, creating your debut.
“It’s such a huge moment for the family, for most of the coaches that have worked together previously. So it’s not only a gigantic moment for me personally but a moment for those people about me.
“It will be a very proud moment for me and there’ll likely be a few tears when I do have to make my introduction. [My family] have been a enormous part of my livelihood so I can make my introduction and they will be veryhappy.”