MASON MOUNT is expecting the shock of his life on England duty — thanks to best pal Declan Rice.
The Chelsea midfielder is relishing making his Three Lions debut alongside former team-mate Rice, who left the Blues aged 14.
They went on a summer holiday together and the clip of Mount waking Rice — and terrifying him — went viral.
Mount, 20, said: “He has tried to get me back.
“I was going to have a nap and realised he had put the door on the latch so I closed it and he couldn’t get in.”
Being reunited with West Ham’s Rice — who has three senior caps — is a fairytale outcome after they came through Chelsea’s ranks.
They have stayed close since and Mount added: “To make my debut for England would be a dream so hopefully we can play together.
“It’s something we’ve spoken about for a long, long time.
“Being very, very close friends with him, that was something we always looked forward to maybe happening in the future and this could happen. It’s very exciting.
“I was gutted when he left. He was one of my closest friends but that’s football, it happens. He’s bounced back and look what he’s doing now.
“It’s a credit to him and his mentality.
“That’s what he’s like as a boy — he doesn’t let anything get him down, he’s always focused on achieving big things.”
Fellow midfielder Rice, 20, was in attendance at St George’s Park when Mount spoke ahead of England’s Euro 2020 qualifiers against Bulgaria tomorrow and Kosovo on Tuesday.
Should he play at St Mary’s in the second of those games, Mount expects a few boos as he is a big Portsmouth fan.
When he trained with rivals Southampton he admitted it was tough for him to wear their kit.
Mount said: “I was born in Portsmouth so I am a Pompey boy and a fan but I have this England badge on at the moment so that doesn’t come into play too much.
“When Chelsea came in, my main goal was to go and play for them.
“But I always support Pompey and look at their results. Maybe there could be a few boos.”
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Mount is now playing Premier League football after first-team experience at Vitesse Arnhem in Holland and Derby last season.
He earned a call-up against Croatia and Spain last season but did not get on the pitch.
Mount added: “I didn’t leave disappointed at all.
“It gave me more fire to want to get into a future squad and play.”
Mason Mount, right, became best friends with Declan Rice, left, at Chelsea’s academy[/caption]