23-year-old Spurs star: This is proof Pochettino is taking Tottenham forward

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Tottenham Hotspur's Ryan Mason was joined by a number of his club teammates in the England squad this week.

Ryan Mason has told the London Evening Standard that Tottenham Hotspur having five members of their squad called up to the England team shows that they are heading in the right direction.

Not one player for Tottenham went to the World Cup with the Three Lions, but the Lilywhites' players are now making up a large proportion of the country's national team.

Mason has been joined by Harry Kane, Danny Rose (who has subsequently pulled out with injury), Kyle Walker and Andros Townsend in Roy Hodgson's ranks, and he feels that this is a sign that Mauricio Pochettino is taking Spurs forward.

“The fact that there are five of us [from Spurs] here now shows the work that is going in at club level is starting to pay off," he said.

“It’s about being dedicated and having belief in your ability. It’s taken longer to establish myself than I would have liked, but the road I’ve taken I wouldn’t change because it has made me the person and player I am today.”

Mason is now 23-years-old and it hasn't been until this year that he has really shown his class at White Hart Lane.

The central midfielder struggled to make the grade under a number of different managerial regimes, as injury and a lack of chances blocked his progress.

Pochettino, however, was impressed with Mason from the moment he was appointed and the all-action midfielder has not let him down.

Mason has formed a combative partnership with Nabil Bentaleb at the heart of Spurs' team and the pair have been a major reason behind the success the club have enjoyed this term.

Mason will now be hoping to continue to impress and further establish his place for both club and country, as he becomes more familiar with senior football.

The good news for Spurs and England supporters is that there are even more players from their squad threatening to make the grade with the national team.

Pochettino has promised to bring through their more promising youngsters and already there are a number of players that look capable of making an impact at domestic and international level.

Tottenham's Eric Dier does not appear too far off receiving a full England call-up, while the likes of Alex Pritchard, Dele Alli and Joshua Onomah will be hoping to in the future.

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