Jordan Archer is “devastated” for his former Tottenham club-mate Ryan Mason who retired last week.

The ex-England midfielder was forced to hang up his boots at the age of 26 as a result of the fractured skull he suffered against Chelsea 12 months ago.

And Archer, who knew Mason when he was at Spurs’ academy before moving to Millwall in 2015, told News Shopper: “I'm devastated. When I was a young scholar coming through at Spurs, he was in a similar set-up to me.

“The likes of him, the Andros Townsends, the Harry Kanes, to have all those players around you, who are top, top pros, they helped me learn and have a good education from a young age.

“I’m forever thankful to Ryan Mason and the boys there. He was a wonderful player. He got capped for England as well and it could have led to many more caps.

“So I’m absolutely devastated for him. But whatever he does next, he’s got my best wishes. I’m sure he’ll find something to do.”