Chelsea attacking midfielder Mason Mount will have another chance to test himself against his childhood idol Luka Modric when England take on Croatia on Sunday.
The two met over two legs asChelsea
progressed pastReal Madrid
to reach the Champions League final this season, with
leaving the first leg with
Mount looked up towards the likes of Modric and formerBarcelona
while taking his own path to the top of world football.
Before the game, Mount had spoken with his Croatian Chelsea team-mate
to ask if he could get Modric's shirt after one of the games, which the former Ballon D'or winner agreed to - before stunning Mount by asking for his too.
"I've got it at home along with a couple of others. It's always good to keep those special shirts,"
Mount told reporters from St. George's Park
"I spoke to Kovacic before the first game and asked if I could get his shirt at a later date. I managed to do that and he asked for mine in the second game because I didn't actually give him mine in the first.
"Kova said he likes to swap with players so he came up and said he wanted mine, just said good luck in the upcoming games. It was brilliant for me obviously to speak to him and he wants my shirt so I was quite overwhelmed.
"He has always been a player that I have looked up to. 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 [against Real Madrid] were massive in our run and I gained a lot of experience from the two games."