Tottenham star Ryan Mason picks Michael Carrick as toughest opponent he has faced

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Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Ryan Mason was asked who is the toughest opponent he has faced.

England's Harry Kane and Ryan Mason during trainingRyan Mason reveals his toughest opponent

Ryan Mason has come up against some of the world's best players in his time at Tottenham Hotspur. 

Mason was speaking to HITC Sport via telephone interview as part of the Farah menswear #MatchReady campaign, and was asked who the best player he has faced throughout his career is:

"It's difficult because the Premier League is packed with world class players - it's the toughest league in the world, it doesn't matter who you're playing, it's a difficult game. From a personal point of view I would say Michael Carrick was one of the best I've played against in midfield. He's phenomenal for what he does for the team, and he's a stand-out for me."

Manchester United's Michael Carrick celebrates after winning the FA Cup at the end of the matchMason singled out Manchester United's Michael Carrick as the toughest player he has played against

The Manchester United midfielder spent two seasons with Spurs, and is highly thought of within the game. It begs the question why was he not taken to the Euros as part of Roy Hodgson's squad? Surely England would have benefited in having someone of Carrick's class and experience in and around the camp.

Mason managed to make 22 Premier league appearances for Spurs during this past season, and when he was asked what stadiums were his favourite places to play on away days, he highlighted three classic venues as grounds that stand-out in terms of atmosphere:

Tottenham Hotspur's Danny Rose and Ryan Mason in action with Southampton's Steven DavisTottenham Hotspur's Ryan Mason in action 

"For atmosphere I love the old grounds - Anfield, Goodison Park, Upton Park was rocking last season. I do like those old stadiums where you can feel the passion from the fans."

It is a sad indictment of English football and how money orientated it has become that one of those stadiums is no longer in use and the other two will most likely be redeveloped beyond all recognition within the next five years.

From Mason's words, it seems to be not only the fans who will miss the atmospheric buzz of the old traditional stadia.

Qarabag's Rydell Poepon in action with Tottenham's Ryan MasonTottenham's Ryan Mason

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