Mason Gets U20 Call-up

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DoNCASTER Rovers’ on loan midfielder Ryan Mason has been drafted into the England U-20 squad to face France in tomorrow’s friendly at Shrewsbury.

The 19 year-old Spurs midielder/striker, is one of three players called up as replacements for the injured Steven Caulker, Nile Ranger, Nathaniel Clyne and Alex Nimely.

Mason played his first senior game since suffering a back injury earlier in the season when coming in as a replacement for the injured James Coppinger in Saturday’s Championship defeat against Millwall at the Den.

“It was good to start but a very disappointing result,” said Mason, who returned to the club late last month after proving his fitness playing three games in the Spurs second string.

Mason, who gave a decent account of himself, was pleased to have got 90 minutes under his belt and come without any problems, but was less happy with the result.

“I thought that we deserved to get something out of the game based on chances; I don’t think that they created much,” he told The Star.

“With only a couple of minutes left it was still 0-0 and we thought we’d done enough to pick up a point and the team was gutted to concede a late winner.

“A draw, coming on the back of the midweek win over Burnley, would have been a good result.”

Rovers face the first of two back-to-back home games against Portsmouth on Saturday and Mason is again hoping to be involved.

“It’s a massive game,” he said. “I think the team needs to get a couple of wins under its belt and get its confidence back.

“Portsmouth have got some big name players but I just think we need to concentrate on ourselves and not worry about other teams and hopefully if we play well the result will take care of itself.

“It’s important that we try and pick up as many points in our next two games because then we’ve successive away games at Swansea and Norwich.

“They will both be tough games, but I think if the lads can play to their potential then we are capable of getting a result in either of the two matches.”