Ryan scored as England beat Scotland to lift the Victory Shield in March 2011 and also captained his country against Guinea and France, leading England to glory in the Montaigu Tournament in France. He admits that he is trying to learn as much as he can from Paddy McCarthy.
Yet to make his senior debut for Palace, he spent a month on loan at League Two side Cheltenham Town in which he started his first senior game at Upton Park against West Ham in the League Cup.
Q: Who do you support and who is your favourite player?
A: I support Arsenal and my favourite player is actually Tony Adams.
Q: Are you interested in any other sports, if so, what teams?
A: I enjoy watching golf funnily enough but if I could get involved in another sport it would be American football.
Q: Do you have any pre-match rituals?
A: Nothing specific other than making sure my pre-match meal and hydration is spot on.
Q: What has been the highlight of your young career so far?
A: I am torn between pulling on the shirt for England for the first time or making my professional debut at Upton Park for Cheltenham.
Q: How much interaction do youth players like yourself get with the first team?
A: At a club like Crystal Palace it is good as we are always close to the first team and the staff who help us day in day out.
Q:Is there one team-mate that you think has a big future in the game and why?
A: All the lads are great and will hopefully succeed in the game but for me Connor Dymond stands as out a consistent performer and his desire and reliability is unbelievable. Great lad also.
Q: What interests do you have outside of football?
A: I love watching films and chilling out so a Nando’s and cinema sounds perfect to me.
Q: Do you have a favourite movie and television series?
A: Man On Fire is my favourite movie, Denzel [Washington] is the man! Been working my way through 24 at the moment which is very decent.
Q: If you were stuck in the middle of nowhere with only three tracks to listen to on a music player, what would they be?
A: Tough! Sam Smith – ‘Latch (Acoustic)’, The Script – ‘The Man Who Can’t Be Moved’ and obviously Michael Buble -‘Home’ for sanity and hope’s sake. Ha!
Article written by Jay Crame