Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Ryan Mason can't hide his pride after recently captaining the side

Nathan Baker and Ryan Mason

The England international was captain for the first time against Fiorentina.

Tottenham Hotspur fought hard in the week to pick up a 1-1 draw away from home against Italian side Fiorentina in Florence.

The result was impressive, as was the performance, even though Spurs made plenty of changes to the first-team.

They were without Hugo Lloris and Jan Vertonghen through injury whilst Harry Kane was asked to take a rest on the bench.

That meant their three first-choice captain choices were not in the starting XI. So Mauricio Pochettino had to find another player to lead Spurs out in Italy.

In the end he decided on Ryan Mason. The 24 year-old has been with Spurs for nine years and was given the captaincy on his return from an injury enforced absence.

Speaking to the Tottenham Hotspur website after the game the midfielder was clearly over the moon at the honour, stating:

"Obviously it's a proud moment for me and my family.

"My family travelled out today so to have captained the side, I’m very proud and honoured to have had that experience.

"It’s a massive responsibility, to be fair we’ve a lot of leaders on the pitch and I’d like to think I’m one of those.

"It was a great, great experience, obviously it was an important game, it was a tough game as well but I think it was a fair result in the end."

Whehter Mason will get to wear the armband again in the near future is yet to be seen - it would appear unlikely. But he did a grand job of stepping in at such a young age to a formidable role.

Hopefully he will not be the first Spurs graduate to be handed the armband by Pochettino in the years to come.

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