Ryan Mason for England? Stats suggest he deserves call-up

Ryan Mason England

Ryan Mason has been a midfield sensation for Tottenham under Mauricio Pochettino this season and the emerging star could be in line for a surprise, but well deserved England call-up.

The 23-year-old has officially been at Spurs since joining their academy in 2007 but he has been involved in with Tottenham for 16 years.

It has taken a long time for the tough-tackling midfield man to make an impact with the first-team but Pochettino was quick to recognise his talent when appointed head coach last summer and Mason has been a mainstay ever since.

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Mason has made 21 appearances for Spurs in all competitions so far this campaign and put in another impressive display against North London rivals Arsenal in the 2-1 derby victory on Saturday.

Roy Hodgson was at White Hart Lane for the game and although Harry Kane is stealing all the headlines at the moment, the England manager would have certainly been impressed by what he’s seen from Mason.

Steven Gerrard’s international retirement last summer has left a large void that has yet to be definitively filled. But Mason has proven that he deserves an international call-up with his consistently good displays this season.

Ryan Mason stats compared to other England midfielders

Ryan Mason’s Premier League statistics compared to other England midfielders (stats via Squawka)

Jack Wilshere and Jordan Henderson are first-team regulars for the England National Team while Michael Carrick and Fabian Delph have both been involved in recent times too.

Ryan Mason’s statistics from the Premier League season so far suggest he is more than deserving of a call-up though, as the Spurs man has won more tackles than any of the aforementioned quartet.

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He has two league assists this season so far, only bettered by Henderson, while also making the second-highest number of shots and interceptions in comparison with his fellow English midfielders.

Mason has represented England at Under-19 and Under-20 levels but has not received a national call-up in four years.

His rise to prominence with Spurs this season will have caught the eye of Hodgson and it will be intriguing to see if the youngster is called up to the national team for the European Championship qualifier against Lithuania and friendly against Italy at the end of March.

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