Mason Mount vows to keep improving with ‘special’ Ballon d’Or nod only the start for Chelsea and England star

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Mason Mount has vowed to keep chasing his "dream" after being nominated for the Ballon d'Or this year.

The Chelsea and England midfielder is one of 30 players up for the prestigious prize, the winner of which will be announced in late November.

Mount, who won the Champions League with Chelsea at the end of last season and reached the final of Euro 2020 with England, is one of four players from Gareth Southgate's squad over the summer to have been shortlisted; alongside captain Harry Kane and Manchester City duo Phil Foden and Raheem Sterling.

Having been named alongside the likes of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo for the first time, Mount says this is only the start.

"It was special," said Mount. "I probably found out at exactly the same time as everyone else so to see that and be alongside those names it is obviously a dream.

"I think for all the years that you work hard, dedicate and then see something like that it shows that it pays off and it's just the start, it doesn't stop now."

Asked about his prospects of winning the title of world's best footballer, the 22-year-old said: "I doubt it but you never know. The most important thing for me is that I continue trying to hit the levels I've hit before and go even further."

Mount is expected to come back into the England starting XI when they face Hungary at Wembley on Tuesday, having come off the bench in the 5-0 win over Andorra.

Qualification for the World Cup now feels a formality for England but Mount maintains that the standards won't be allowed to slip.

"The leaders wouldn’t let that mentality drop at all," said Mount.

"As a group, we are close. We set the standard so high and we don’t ever want to drop below that. The last game could be a sticky performance and we make it difficult for ourselves.

"But going into the game with the right mentality, with the brightness on the ball, and the players who started the game made it easier than it could have been. That’s all down to the togetherness that we have as a group."

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