Ryan Mason lifts lid on his Tottenham captaincy dream

Tottenham star Ryan Mason is happy to accept added responsibility as a long-term servant of the club

Tottenham midfielder Ryan Mason Photo: Tottenham Hotspur

Ryan Mason says it would be an honour to captain Tottenham Hotspur in the future.

The England Under-21 international has been one of the season’s surprise packages after the midfielder scored his first Tottenham goal in spectacular fashion to seal a League Cup win against Nottingham Forest in September.

Mason has earned a regular place in Mauricio Pochettino’s side since his cup strike, and the 23-year-old has also made two assists in an exhausting 1,433 minutes of first-team football this season.

The Spurs youth product dropped to the bench for the north London side’s 2-0 defeat by Fiorentina on Thursday night ahead of the League Cup, and Mason is embracing the responsibility of being one of Tottenham’s longest-serving players at just 23 years old.

Mason told London Evening Standard: “It would be an honour, I believe if I improve in the way I want to and cement my place in the coming years then I hope it will come one day.

“I’m 23 and as I’ve said before, I’m not a kid. I’m the sort of player who’s very vocal on the pitch and in the changing room. I’m not one of the younger lads so I do feel I have to take on a responsibility in the changing room.

“A lot of captains are centre-backs or central midfield players. I’m not getting carried away because there is a lot of work to be done but I would love to wear the armband at White Hart Lane.

“It’s taken so long to get here so it does feel that extra bit special to be playing regularly now. I’ve done the rounds and I have a lot of experience in the Football League. So I feel I know the game and that I fully deserve to be in the team.”

Mason signed a new five-and-a-half year deal at White Hart Lane in January.

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