Ex-boss compares Tottenham youngster to Liverpool idol

Former Tottenham boss Tim Sherwood believes that youngster Ryan Mason is not dissimilar to Liverpool and former England captain Steven Gerrard.

The 23-year-old impressed in the north London derby last weekend after winning his spot in Mauricio Pochettino’s XI thanks to a goalscoring display in the Capital One Cup victory over Nottingham Forest.

There has been much talk behind the scenes in north London regarding Mason, who has endured a difficult career with injuries so far, with many senior figures big fans of the midfielder.

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And Sherwood – who managed Spurs during the back end of last season – believes that if he can stay fit, Mason has an outside shout of making England’s EURO 2016 squad thanks to having similarities with Gerrard:

“If he stays fit, keep your eye on Ryan Mason at Tottenham as a late contender for the England Euro 2016 squad,” he wrote in the Independent.

“It is telling that he is still at Spurs at the age of 23. We always knew he was a talent who was too good to discard. His problem has been with injuries.”

“His game is not dissimilar to that of a young Steven Gerrard, who I trained with when he was brought into England senior squads for experience,

“There is not a lot Ryan cannot do. Steven always had such great desire and heart. It’s up to Ryan now to show that he has similar qualities to match his undoubted ability.

“In recent weeks Mauricio Pochettino has selected Ryan ahead of the likes of big-money signings Mousa Dembele and Paulinho, so he must think a lot of him. The club sold Sandro too, who plays in Ryan’s position.”

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