Tottenham's Harry Kane and Ryan Mason 'proof of English talent'
Tottenham's Ryan Mason believes his breakthrough alongside team-mate Harry Kane proves home-grown talent can prosper at the highest level.
The pair both came through the Spurs academy, as well as the England Under-21 set-up, and they made their full international debuts last week.
Striker Kane, 21, has also scored 29 goals in 43 games for Spurs.
"It's important to bring young players through if they're good enough," said 23-year-old midfielder Mason.
"You look at the Germans and the Spanish, they are not better than us technically. It is just they get given the opportunity younger in their league, so then they get the opportunity to come and play here.
"I understand there is a lot of pressure on managers to get instant results, but English players know the league, and for them to be given the opportunity and the time as well, there is plenty of talent out there."
|Spurs' rising stars|
|Harry Kane||21||August 2011||69||35|
|Andros Townsend||23||January 2011||83||12|
|Ryan Mason||23||November 2008||33||2|
|Nabil Bentaleb||20||December 2013||47||1|
Enfield-born Mason has been at Tottenham since the age of seven and, like Kane, has made his breakthrough at the club this season.
Mason had loan spells at Yeovil, Doncaster, Millwall, Swindon and French side Lorient before being given a first-team opportunity at Spurs under manager Mauricio Pochettino.
He has made 23 appearances in the Premier League so far this season and earned his England debut against Italy, coming on to set up Spurs team-mate and fellow academy graduate Andros Townsend for the equaliser in the 1-1 draw.
And Mason has praised Pochettino for giving him a first-team chance.
"It is brilliant for young players as he gives you that opportunity and he is not worried about putting you in," said Mason of his Argentine coach.
"Hopefully many more managers in the Premier League can start doing that for the sake of English football."