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This Teen's Tweet About A Footballer's Tattoo Went Mega-Viral

And the 12-year-old has found it a pretty strange experience, he told BuzzFeed News.

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On the left here is Ryan Mason, the up-and-coming Tottenham midfielder, during England's 1–1 draw with Italy on Tuesday night.

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It was his first appearance for his country. But all people on Twitter cared about was the tattoo on his right arm.

Mike Egerton / PA Wire / Press Association

Because this happened.

That pic, posted by Dan Dawson, 16, from Corby, Northamptonshire, suddenly went very, very viral.

Let's get a close-up.

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Dawson told BuzzFeed News that going viral was a bizarre experience.

"To be honest, it was really weird," he said. "I thought it was a funny coincidence but I didn't realise other people would find it that funny.

"I saw someone post a pic of it [the tattoo] saying it looked strange and I instantly just thought, That looks like me a few years ago. And then all this happened."

i still dont understand any of whats going on right now

It's not even the first time he's found Twitter fame – back in August 2014, this tweet poking fun at Jaden Smith's philosophical Twitter thoughts was retweeted almost 15,000 times.

Jaden Smith just opened a shoe shop

Meanwhile, the question remains of who Ryan Mason's tattoo is actually supposed to be.

i kinda feel bad bc his tattoo is probably a tribute to a relative or a friend and now i come along with my 12 yr old ratty face and ruin it

BuzzFeed News has contacted Mason's club, Tottenham Hotspur, who couldn't shed any light on the matter, and we've also contacted his agent. We'll update if and when we find out.

Patrick Smith is a senior reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.

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