Mason Mount’s World Cup favorites | News | Official site
In the first installment of a new series of player interviews ahead of the upcoming FIFA World Cup, we chat with Mason Mount about his memories of childhood tournaments, famous goals and iconic players, and hear talk about his hopes for Qatar 2022.
Having represented England from Under-16 level through to the senior side, with success at Euro Under-19 2017, Mount currently has 31 caps to his name and will be hoping to keep his place in the Premier League. ‘crew. for the winter tournament later this year.
It would be the 23-year-old’s first appearance at a World Cup, a childhood ambition close to being realized and one that naturally generates a lot of excitement, as he explains in this exclusive interview which explores the tournament favorites from midfield…
First World Cup you remember?
“I know the big goals of 2002, like Ronaldinho who scored against England in the quarter-finals, but I don’t really remember them because I was only three at the time. Germany 2006 was probably the first one I was really aware of, especially Wayne Rooney illuminating it.
“When I was growing up, these tournaments were held when I was away with my family during the summers, so we would watch them together, all with our England tops. The excitement around every game is something that is always close to my heart.
“A World Cup brings everyone together, the whole nation in fact, and that’s a great memory I have of that time.”
What are your memories of growing up?
“It really is a family reunion. I have always watched tournaments as a fan and have been very invested in watching the legends who have played for England and every other country. It’s obviously a little different now to be involved in it and you try not to get too carried away.
“I actually went to the last World Cup in Russia and I was able to watch a game live there, which was the very first game I watched live at a World Cup, so it was special. It was the first group match against Tunisia and I went there with Phil Foden and Ryan Sessegnon. Harry Kane scored the winner late in the game.
“It was great to be there and all that preceded it, to be there a few days before the first game. We were able to go to the England team hotel and get a sense of what it was like. t is like playing for your country at a World Cup, so it was a special experience. It meant a lot to me and I learned a lot from this trip.
Favorite World Cup song?
‘I always remembered Shakira’s song for the 2010 World Cup [Waka, Waka, This Time for Africa]it was a real piece!
“I also loved Vindaloo, it’s just a legendary song. We had everything when I was a kid – flags on the car and in the house, music, makeup for every match, a barbecue in the garden, we really went there.
Memorable World Cup moment?
“It wasn’t really a goal in the end, but Lamps fired against Germany, it didn’t count. I was watching this game live and I still feel frustration because everyone knew it was a goal but they didn’t give it away.
“The most recent ones who think of the big moments have to be James Rodriguez and that tournament he had. There was the chest and volley goal, and he also scored a little dribble and a chip. That tournament that he had. ‘he had [in 2014] was crazy.
The best players you’ve seen at a World Cup?
‘Rooney having a huge role to play at such a young age always stays with me and also Becks [David Beckham] as well. I remember when I was younger, I always tried to take free kicks like him.
“How I’ve aged a bit is to see Rooney come in and play at such a young age and be so dominant. So obviously his career has been amazing, he’s set records for England and been a such a top player, so he’s probably one of the main ones I’ve looked at.
Your favorite World Cup jersey?
“I’ve always liked the England red away and had ‘Beckham, 7’ on my back.”
Your favorite World Cup ball?
“The Jabulani in 2010 is the one I remember and the players just scored bangers with it. I think it was the first game and someone scored miles away, left footed, and the commentary was unbelievable. “It’s a goal for all of Africa!”
The stadium in which you would like to play a World Cup final?
“I would probably say we will bring him back to Porto and the Estadio do Dragao, for obvious reasons.”
Waiting for Qatar 2022…
“You dream of being able to play in a tournament like this as a kid, so to have the opportunity to go to a World Cup and be selected is amazing and so special.
“With the group we have and what we have done over the past two years, we are confident in what we can do, but also very humbled for the opportunity. We will give everything to go even further than during the last tournament.
And finally, which teams to watch?
“There are always top European teams like Spain and Germany and then teams like Brazil and Argentina, which I’ve never played against before. These are the kind of games you look forward to them as they are rare opponents for us in international football.
“What they’ve done in past tournaments and the story behind it is the games you want to play with the best players they have.” That’s what you want to come up against.