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Ex-Spurs boss Sherwood likens Mason to Liverpool captain Gerrard

Former Tottenham boss Tim Sherwood has likened Ryan Mason to Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard.

Sherwood admits that injuries and passion could hold him back, and has called on Mason to demonstrate the heart shown by Liverpool's talisman.

"If he stays fit, keep your eye on Ryan Mason at Tottenham as a late contender for the England Euro 2016 squad," wrote Sherwood 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," he continued. "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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