Ryan Mason will swap roles this summer from teammate to fan ahead of the Euros but the 24-year-old midfielder knows the Spurs contingent will make a good impact this summer.
Mason was a member of the high-flying Spurs team this season, packed with England stars like Harry Kane who will line out against Russia this evening, and the young midfielder was keen to pay tribute to the work Spurs have put that is paying off at international level.
Ryan Mason was speaking as part of the Farah menswear #MatchReady campaign where he told loaded about the important work Spurs have been putting in.
“At Tottenham we’ve got a fantastic bond with absolutely everyone and when I was involved in the England team, during my time it got better and better.”
Mason said: “Them boys are still so young in their career, for me Tottenham is the best club to be at and grow as a player and I’m sure they agree with that. You know we’re a good club, we’re a top club and we’re going in the right direction and hopefully they will have a good Euros and still be at Tottenham next year.”
The Spurs contingent involved with England this summer includes Harry Kane, Dele Alli, Eric Dier, Kyle Walker and Danny Rose, some of whom are expected to line out for England against Russia, an occasion Mason knows the importance of sticking together and relying on your teammates.
Mason explained: “I think it’s massive, I think it’s very important to be part of a squad that is close together and you work hard for each other when you play. At Tottenham we’ve got a fantastic bond with absolutely everyone and when I was involved in the England team, during my time it got better and better and the gaffer is very keen to create a good bond.
Mason is in the unusual position of supporting the team this summer with a feeling, that most in his position would feel, at the back of his mind that he would love to be there with the team.
If he is feeling that he isn’t showing it, the humble but tireless midfielder is quite complimentary about the current crop of England players.
He explained to loaded: “They are a very young team, they are very eager to learn but at the same time they also have a couple of experienced heads so yeah it’s very positive. I think the gaffer and all the coaching staff are very full on, they work hard and they get their philosophy across.”
Ryan Mason was at the number one pub to watch the Euros as voted by the Farah menswear #MatchReady campaign. To see the full list of pubs visit: http://www.farah.co.uk/blog?post=matchready-pub-guide
Loaded sports writer Pearse Corcoran has covered news, sport and entertainment for several national newspapers and radio stations in Ireland. Follow him on Twitter at @PearseCorcoran