Injury to Adam Lallana gets Spurs’ Ryan Mason his first full England call-up
You’ve heard of the rising tide raising all boats, and perhaps that’s lifted the profile of Spurs midfielder Ryan Mason.
The 23-year-old Tottenham player has been called up to the England squad to replace injured Adam Lallana for the Three Lions’ Euro qualifier against Lithuania on Friday and friendly against Italy a week from Wednesday.
England boss Roy Hodgson has been watching a lot of Harry Kane, and must’ve liked what he’s seen from his Spurs teammate.
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Mason hasn’t been capped for England, and hasn’t represented his nation since a lone appearance with the U-20 team in 2011.
It’s a remarkable turn of events for Mason, who hadn’t made a Premier League appearance for Spurs from 2007 until this season.
He had spent loan stints with Yeovil Town, Doncaster Rovers, Millwall, Lorient and Swindon Town. The last stop is where he broke through, scoring five times for the Robins last season.
Here’s England’s revised squad:
Goalkeepers: Joe Hart (Manchester City), Rob Green (Queens Park Rangers), Jack Butland (Stoke City).
Defenders: Leighton Baines (Everton), Gary Cahill (Chelsea), Nathaniel Clyne (Southampton), Kieran Gibbs (Arsenal), Phil Jagielka (Everton), Phil Jones (Manchester United), Danny Rose (Tottenham Hotspur), Chris Smalling (Manchester United), Kyle Walker (Tottenham Hotspur).
Midfielders: Ross Barkley (Everton), Michael Carrick (Manchester United), Fabian Delph (Aston Villa), Jordan Henderson (Liverpool), Ryan Mason (Tottenham), James Milner (Manchester City), Raheem Sterling (Liverpool), Andros Townsend (Tottenham Hotspur), Theo Walcott (Arsenal).
Forwards: Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur), Wayne Rooney (Manchester United), Daniel Sturridge (Liverpool), Danny Welbeck (Arsenal).