Sterling says Chelsea star presented ‘best training’ he’s ever seen

Raheem Sterling thanks Chelsea colleague Mason Mount for putting in the best training performance he’s ever seen.

Speaking on the Lions’ Den, Sterling recalled Mount’s clearly incredible display he delivered during a session with England.

The two Stamford Bridge stars have known each other for some time now and have seen many days spent in training.

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But when Mount first joined the England senior team in 2018, he and Sterling were probably not familiar friends at the time.

Sterling was already an established Premier League player with Manchester City, not to mention a regular for the Three Lions.

Meanwhile, Mount was halfway through his loan spell with Derby County under Frank Lampard.

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The Chelsea academy graduate might have been impressed by those at Saint George’s Park, but his display on his initial call from Gareth Southgate was apparently nothing short of excellent.

“Best training performance I’ve seen to date. Whenever we talk to him, always say to him, ‘best training performance to date’,” Sterling admitted.

“He was brought up to the senior U-21s or something and he’s just arrived and I think he was at Derby at the time and I’m not even exaggerating, left foot, right foot, hash.

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“It was the best practice performance I’ve seen. I haven’t seen anything better than this. Unbelievable.”

The fact that Sterling has since trained with some of the modern greats, including Kevin De Bruyne, Erling Haaland and N’Golo Kante, to name a few, is a compliment to Mount.

But it’s no surprise he pulled it out of the bag under the watchful eye of Southgate.

He was there to impress, not to invent numbers.

It’s a trait that has obviously helped Chelsea’s young midfielder remain a crucial part of the English setup ever since.

Nathaniel is a graduate football journalist from the University of Derby. He worked at Burton Albion as part of their media team for two years. Nathaniel produces regular articles for the club’s official website and matchday programme. He covered the 2018 U20 Women’s World Cup in Brittany and reported on grounds ranging from the non-league to the Premier League.

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