Sherwood: Spurs prospect can make Euro 2016, he's like Gerrard

Former Tottenham Hotspur manager believes that Ryan Mason can make the England squad for the European Championships in 2016.

Tim Sherwood believes that Tottenham Hotspur academy product Ryan Mason has the potential to be able to make it in the England squad for Euro 2016.

Mason has burst onto the scene at White Hart Lane this season, after it had appeared that his career was in danger of stagnating.

At 23, Mason has been a late bloomer, but Sherwood, who managed Spurs last season, has always believed that he had the potential to make the breakthrough and even says that he reminds him of Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard.

"If he stays fit, keep your eye on Ryan Mason at Tottenham as a late contender for the England Euro 2016 squad," he wrote in the Independent. "It is telling that he is still at Spurs at the age of 23. We always knew he was a talent who was too good to discard. His problem has been with injuries.

"In recent weeks Mauricio Pochettino has selected Ryan ahead of the likes of big-money signings Mousa Dembélé and Paulinho, so he must think a lot of him.

"The club sold Sandro too, who plays in Ryan’s position. His game is not dissimilar to that of a young Steven Gerrard, who I trained with when he was brought into England senior squads for experience. There is not a lot Ryan cannot do. Steven always had such great desire and heart. It’s up to Ryan now to show that he has similar qualities to match his undoubted ability."

Mason only made his club debut last month when he came off the bench to star against Nottingham Forest in the League Cup, but he seems a firm part of the team now.

The central-midfielder started against Arsenal last weekend and he will be hoping that he did enough to impress and retain his place for this Sunday's game against Southampton.

Spurs have struggled so far this season, but they will be looking to return to winning ways and Mason will be aiming to find top form to help his side to the three points and consolidate his place in Pochettino's first-team plans. 

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