Mason pays credit to Spurs boss Pochettino for England call-up

Nathan Baker and Ryan Mason

The Tottenham star is grateful for the confidence of his manager, who 'backed him from day one.'

Tottenham midfielder Ryan Mason has certainly had a year to remember, and while he waits to see if he'll win his first international cap for England over the next few days, he has been talking to Sky Sports about one influential figure in his footballing career.

The 23-year-old was on the radar of Hodgson before he named his squad for the games with Lithuania and Italy, with the Three Lions boss name checking him after the 2-1 derby win over Arsenal, as reported by ESPN.

Though he didn't make the initial squad, Mason was eventually called up for the England team for the first time when Liverpool midfielder Adam Lallana dropped out with an injury.

He joined a heavy Spurs contingent in Hodgson's squad, which includes fellow debutant and Tottenham graduate Harry Kane, as well as Andros Townsend, Kyle Walker, and, until his injury, Danny Rose.

It was some rise for a player that didn't even make his Premier League debut until September of last year at the age of 23, and whose last international action was as an England Under-20 player in 2011.

Having skipped the Under-21 age group entirely, it's no surprise to find Mason particularly grateful for having finally gotten his chance at the top level of football, and such is his ability, the Londoner has kicked on from League One player to likely England international in less than a year.

"The fact that the call-up has come so early in my Premier League career is a great feeling," Mason said to Sky Sports. "It's amazing and has been a bit of a whirlwind over the last few months."

The White Hart Lane favourite discussed some of the problems he had trying to break through at Spurs, before clearly recognising the role current head coach Mauricio Pochettino has played in his development these last nine months.

"It was unfortunate that I didn't kick on at a younger age, it took me a bit longer to establish myself," Mason added.

"I had a lot of injuries and perhaps went out on loan at the wrong times.

"There were times when players were getting opportunities in the UEFA Cup and I was out on loan. It just never really worked. But now I've got a manager who trusts in me and believes in me, and he came in from day one and said that.

"To have a manager like that it gives me a great deal of confidence. Now I'm playing regularly I'm more than happy."

One thing is for sure, despite the stop-start nature of his early career, Mason has certainly made up for lost time this season.

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