Following Ryan Mason’s surprise call-up to the England national team, the midfielder was keen to thanks Tottenham Hotspurs for the faith shown in his abilities that has seen as a Premier League regular this season, ultimately paving the way for national team duty, reports Sky
The 23-year-old was somewhat of a late bloomer, enduring a host of loan spells with a number of clubs, before he was given his chances with the Tottenham first-team. Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino has given Mason a platform to perform, and the Englishman hasn’t let him down. The youngster has put in some brilliant performances over the course of the campaign, and could now earn his first cap for his country.
He was keen to thank the club for their hard work in his development, with Mason having been loaned out to five different clubs (Yoevil Town, Doncaster Rovers, Millwall, Lorient and Swindon Town) in the last six years, before proving his worth in the first-team. Pochettino has a penchant for youth development, and Spurs have been showing of late that they have many promising talents.
Mason took the time to thank the Lilywhites and manager Pochettino following his call-up, saying: “I’ve always had confidence in my own ability, but it also comes from a manager who trusts you and is willing to back you. There is nothing like that as a footballer.”
“The fact that the call-up has come so early in my Premier League career is a great feeling. It’s been a bit of a whirlwind over the last few months. It took me a bit longer to establish myself, as I had a lot of injuries and perhaps went out on loan at the wrong times, but now I’ve got a manager who trusts in me and believes in me, and he came in from day one and said that.”
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