Pochettino compares Ryan Mason's development to Kane's

Nathan Baker and Ryan Mason

Tottenham have had more than one local hero come good this season.

There has been plenty of coverage recently about Tottenham striker Harry Kane and how he should be called up to the full England squad, but there are increasing calls for his teammate Ryan Mason to make the cut too, not least from Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino.

Legendary Premier League stars such as Paul Scholes, Jamie Carragher and even Arsenal icon Thierry Henry, have all spoken highly of the 23-year-old, who actually has less game time in the top flight that his hotshot teammate Kane, having only made his debut last September.

And after putting in a superb performance against QPR in front of watching England boss Roy Hodgson, Mason could be a shock inclusion in the squad for the games against Lithuania and Italy.

His manager feels that Mason is progressing in a similar way to Tottenham's top scorer, and still has room for improvement, with the Mirror claiming he has tipped the midfielder to make Hodgson's squad.

“Ryan has potential to improve more and, like Harry, he is progressing in a very good way," said the Spurs boss.

“He has character, big character and personality. It’s good because the team shows great character. The results make the supporters feel very proud of the team.

“The most important thing I get from the team is they believe in our way of doing things.”

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