Mason Mount cannot wait to pit his wits against Croatia playmaker Luka Modric again, just a month on from the England midfielder being left gobsmacked when one of his boyhood heroes asked for his shirt.
All eyes will be on Wembley this Sunday as Gareth Southgate’s men kick off Euro 2020 Group D against the side that broke English hearts in the World Cup semi-finals three years ago.
Modric ran the show as Croatia came back to secure that 2-1 extra-time win and the Three Lions will be looking to exact revenge under the arch, where Mount is hoping to get the better of the veteran once more.
The Chelsea midfielder went toe-to-toe with the 35-year-old in the Champions League semi-finals and played a key role in the Blues knocking out Real Madrid before going on to win the final against Manchester City.
Mount faced Modric twice during Chelsea’s Champions League semi-final tie with Real Madrid last season
“He has always been a player that I have looked up to,” Mount said. “Ever since he has been in the Premier League with Tottenham, I have watched him quite closely.
“Playing against him, it was weird because I had watched him so much, I kind of knew his moves and what he was going to do.
“It helps being a fan of a player and then playing against him because you know what he likes to do.
“The experience of playing against him helps because you want to be in these big games and learn how to handle the pressure and big moments.
“Them two games were massive in our run and I gained a lot of experience from them two games.”