Tributes to Ryan Mason have been flooding in from the world of football after he announced his retirement from football.
The 26-year-old was involved in a collision with Chelsea defender Gary Cahill in January 2017 which has kept him out of action ever since. The former Tottenham player underwent surgery the day after the horror clash of heads, with Cahill among the supporters who visited him in hospital.
Mason had been on the road to recovery and had been welcomed back into training by Championship side Hull, but on the advice of specialists, he was told to call his time on his nine-year playing career, where he played for seven different clubs and won one cap with England in a friendly against Italy.
Tributes have been flooding in from the great and good of football on Twitter following his retirement announcement:
Yesterday was a sad day for one incredible young man .@RyanMason . Although his story didn’t finish with ultimate happy ending , his determination , attitude and bravery he’s shown during his recovery is something to be admired and an inspiration for others ! All the best Ryan pic.twitter.com/cXASAimV5r— Petr Cech (@PetrCech) February 14, 2018
Very saddened to hear you’ve had to retire @RyanMason due to medical advice at only 26!— Dean Ashton (@Dean36ashton10) February 13, 2018
Having been through it myself I can assure you NOTHING is more important than you & your family’s health!
Especially with a long life after footy!
All the best with the next step
Gutted for you @RyanMason all the best for whatever you do next mate, great guy and top player. Keep smiling buddy — Robert snodgrass (@robsnodgrass7) February 13, 2018
We'd like to wish the very best to @RyanMason, who has sadly announced his retirement from football.— England (@England) February 13, 2018
Ryan made his #ThreeLions debut in our 2015 clash with Italy, having previously played for the #YoungLions at U19 and U20 level. pic.twitter.com/dcvPzFBmOz
Devastated with this news.....What an honour.... what a player.... was an absolute pleasure to share this journey with you @RyanMason . Wish you all the best in your future endeavours!! ⚽️ pic.twitter.com/a0U7tLRKBG— Andros Townsend (@andros_townsend) February 13, 2018
@RyanMason a pleasure to have played with you mate. I know you will be a big success in whatever you choose to do next — Kieran Trippier (@trippier2) February 14, 2018