Mason Mount and Declan Rice set for ‘really special’ night as Chelsea and West Ham pair prepare to line up together in England’s midfield


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Mason Mount and Declan Rice have been inseparable since first meeting at Chelsea’s academy more than 10 years ago.

Rice moved on to pastures in 2014 following his release from the Blues and has since gone on to flourish for London rivals West Ham, but that hasn’t stopped the pair’s blossoming relationship continuing to flourish.

Best mates Mason Mount, left, and Declan Rice are set to start together in England’s midfield for the first time

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Best mates Mason Mount, left, and Declan Rice are set to start together in England’s midfield for the first time

Mount, too, has emerged as a first-team regular under Frank Lampard’s tutelage as the Stamford Bridge youth revolution continues to make steady progress.

The duo are now set to line up together in midfield for England in Friday’s Euro 2020 qualifier against the Czech Republic, which Hammers star Rice says will be ‘really special’.

“It’s a great young, attacking team and I’m really looking forward to working alongside the lads again and under Gareth and hopefully getting two victories,” he told West Ham’s official website last month.

“I’m delighted Mason is there too! When I got released from Chelsea, we always said ‘One day we will play together again’ and hopefully now that chance will be for England. That would be really special for me and my family.”

Gareth Southgate’s England will book their place at Euro 2020 if they win in Prague.

The Three Lions also face Bulgaria on Tuesday evening, with the threat of fan racism arising a hot topic of conversation leading up to the fixture.

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Southgate tries to defuse racism row after England spark fury in Bulgaria

Southgate has attempted to defuse the row after the Bulgarian Football Union [BFU] federation president Borislav Mikhaylov expressed his anger at his country being stereotyped as ‘racist’ and ‘hostile’ by England.

“If I was him, and I was only reading those quotes and not knowing the context of why the things were said and the responses were said, then I would feel probably as he does,” he said in a pre-match press conference.

“We are not trying to create a situation at all, far from it.”


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