Premier League side Chelsea head coach Frank Lampard has laughingly ignored the suggestion that Mason Mount and James Maddison will be unable to feature together in an England team.
Lampard, in fact, laughed off a comparison with Gerrard.
Notably, attacking midfielder Mason Mount is enjoying a good start to his career at Chelsea. He also had a good season under Frank Lampard at Derby County last season and was soon rewarded for his good performance with a place in the England squad.
Mount and Maddison, both of whom are yet to make first senior International appearance, were included in the group for Nations League matches against Croatia and Spain in 2018 October.
“I can’t believe you’ve gone Lampard and Gerrard. I thought we’d moved on!” Lampard said at a news conference on Saturday.
“There’s been a lot of talk of my generation with England. Now, sitting on this side, we have intelligent players.
“We had Mason and Ross [Barkley] in the same team on the same side of the pitch last week. We played against Maddison a few weeks ago and I was hugely impressed, two intelligent footballers who can adapt to positions,” he added.
He also stated that he is not yet concerned with Mason Mount’s selection coming early.
“We’re delighted for Mason. Great recognition, delighted he’s got this chance again,” Lampard said.
“I’m not concerned about it. I’m confident in his strength of character, desire and hunger. Those things won’t affect him. Everyone has to keep their feet on the ground.”
Although Tammy Abraham did not make it to the team, Lampard believes that he will make a comeback soon.
“It’s a matter of time for Tammy, hopefully,” Lampard said. “Really impressed [with his maturity].
“His character and how he dealt with the situation was brilliant in terms of the Twitter nonsense. He dealt with it first-hand and rose above it, which isn’t easy,” he concluded.