Ryan Mason has sent a heartfelt message to the England national team on Twitter following the defeat to Italy in the Euro 2020 final on Sunday.
England had a historic Euro 2020 campaign as they ended their 55-year-wait for a major final – but lost out narrowly on penalties to Italy.
In his long message, Mason stated that he thought ‘players and staff handled themselves impeccably throughout’ and to get to a major tournament for the first time in 55-years was a ‘major achievement’.
England only conceded two goals in the entire tournament and their only defeat this summer came from that final penalty shootout, meaning there were certainly positives to take.
Mason went to various games at Wembley to support his friend Harry Kane – who he grew up with in the Tottenham academy.
Mason was made interim head coach of Tottenham for the last seven games of the season including a Carabao Cup final defeat against Manchester City following Jose Mourinho’s sacking in late April. He won four out of the seven games, losing the other three.
It was announced on 3 July that he would return to the Academy as Head of Player Development.
Mason said: ‘I had the privilege of being at Wembley for the majority of England games during the Euros and witnessed firsthand the joy and happiness that this England team brought to so many over the past month.
‘I thought the management, players and staff handles themselves impeccably throughout and as a nation we have a group we can really be proud of.
‘To get to the final of a major tournament for the first time in 55 years is an achievement we should all be so proud of.
‘The future is bright for this team and every single one of them should hold their heads high!
‘After the most difficult 18 months, you all put a smile on the face of the country and will inspire so many.
‘Thank you, England.’
It was lovely to see Mason, with Kane’s family, supporting the England captain at Wembley. It is clear the two are very close friends. Every actual England fan echoes Mason’s nice and warm message to the England team, they did fantastically well but unfortunately could not get it over the line.
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