Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Ryan Mason suggested to the London Evening Standard that he feels ready to play for England.
Mason was responding to a column from Manchester United legend Paul Scholes who suggested that the midfielder was good enough to play for his country.
However, Mason has also admitted that there is a flaw to his game, which he’s looking to improve.
“You never know unless you get the chance but I’d like to think so (England chance),” he said.
“I’m sure that given time, I’ll start to score some goals. Midfielders like me should aim for double figures every season and I’m sure if I can play consistently, it will come.”
Mason has scored just two goals this season which have come in the Premier League and League Cup.
He’s excelled after being given a chance by Mauricio Pochettino and is playing well in the heart of Tottenham’s midfield.
A possible reason he hasn’t scored more could be the form Christian Eriksen has shown as the first choice number ten in the team.
The boss has had little need to nudge Mason further forward, which has allowed him to sit and control the pace of games.
As the current side stands, pushing him further forward could leave the other central midfielder exposed or cause Eriksen to play wider, both of which make no sense.
If he does get a chance with England, and there’s a very good argument to suggest he should, it will be interesting to see if the greater exposure and pressure affects his domestic form.
He seems like a sensible player doing well under a sensible manager who will work hard to ensure he stays effective throughout his career with the club.