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Ryan Mason: "I have achieved all of my childhood dreams"

Ryan Mason: 'I achieved my dreams'
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Former Tottenham Hotspur and Hull City midfielder Ryan Mason insists that he can look back on his football career with pride, having achieved all of his childhood dreams.

Ryan Mason has claimed that he can look back on his football career with pride after having achieved all of his childhood dreams.

The 26-year-old announced his retirement from football on Tuesday, 13 months after suffering a life-threatening head injury in a match between Hull City and Chelsea.

Mason was hospitalised for over a week and left with 14 metal plates in his head after fracturing his skull in a clash of heads with Blues defender Gary Cahill.

Although Mason appeared set for a comeback following what appeared to be a successful recovery, the former Tottenham Hotspur midfielder revealed that he has been forced to retire on medical advice.

"I dreamed of walking out at White Hart Lane and I achieved that, I scored Premier League goals for Tottenham, I captained the team and obviously to go on and play for England as well, it's what every player dreams of," Mason told talkSPORT.

"I look back and in the last three years since I made my breakthrough at Tottenham I've achieved a hell of a lot in the game.

"Obviously it's a shame that's not going to continue over the next ten years, but I have achieved all of my childhood dreams.

"I'm very fortunate to be walking away from the game at a young age, having been content and knowing that I achieved those dreams."

Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino has opened the door for Mason to return to the club in some capacity further down the line.


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Ryan Mason in action for Hull City on October 1, 2016
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TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Liverpool1613303462842
2Manchester CityMan City1613214593641
3Tottenham HotspurSpurs16120430161436
4Chelsea16104233132034
5Arsenal16104235201534
6Manchester UnitedMan Utd167542826226
7Everton166642319424
8Bournemouth167272526-123
9Leicester CityLeicester166462120122
10Wolverhampton WanderersWolves166461719-222
11West Ham UnitedWest Ham166372325-221
12Watford166372023-321
13Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton166371922-321
14Cardiff CityCardiff1642101530-1514
15Newcastle UnitedNewcastle163491322-913
16Crystal Palace1633101323-1012
17Burnley1633101532-1712
18Huddersfield TownHuddersfield1624101027-1710
19Southampton161691330-179
20Fulham1623111640-249

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