England and Chelsea midfielder Mason Mount said on Monday that it was important for him to be shortlisted for the Ballon d’Or.
But the 22-year-old insisted he was only starting after a year in which he helped the Blues win the Champions League and helped England reach the final of the first major tournament since 1966.
“It was special. Seeing it and living up to those names is clearly a dream,” Mount told reporters ahead of England’s World Cup qualifier against Hungary on Tuesday.
“All the years you work hard, put in and see something like that, it shows that everything comes to fruition. It’s just the beginning, it doesn’t stop now.”
Mount is not interested in winning the award, although Lionel Messi is Argentina’s favorite to win the Copa Am ساتrica for the seventh time.
“I doubt it but you never know,” Mount added. “The most important thing for me is that I keep trying to hit the levels I’ve set before and go beyond that.”
Mount is facing stiff competition to retain its place in Gareth Southgate’s strong XI.
Manchester City’s Phil Foden said that the Three Lions beat Andorra 5-0 on Saturday.
Southgate has admitted that it will make wholesale changes to the Hungarian tour of Wembley.
Hurricane and Rahim Sterling are among the returnees, but the England boss said it was impossible to please everyone with their attacking talent.
“I have a headache and whenever I pick a team I commit a crime,” Southgate said. “It’s very difficult every time.
“We have a lot of good players and such good, strong competition for places. There were a lot of players who did very well in their confidence and their own reputation (against Andorra) and were happy to see that.”
The Southgate men have a four-point lead over Albania and a five-point cushion over Poland with three games remaining in Group I of European qualifying.
Next year, England’s position in Qatar will effectively close with a victory over the Hungarians and a draw between Albania and Poland, which meet in Tirana, thanks to a better goal difference.