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CAPTAIN TOM

Posted on 15 November 2006  - 12:00

Tom Huddlestone described leading England to victory over Holland in Tuesday's Under-21 international as a big thill.

Tom Huddlestone described leading England to victory over Holland in Tuesday's Under-21 international as a big thill.The midfield pass-master was instrumental in the 1-0 victory which, strangely for such a narrow scoreline, was something of a comfortable win. It made for a memorable night for the 19-year-old who found out he was to wear the skipper's armband the day before the game.

"Obviously it was a massive bonus for myself personally, the captain is normally Nigel Reo-Coker but he pulled out the squad with injury," reflected Tom.

"The day before the game Sammy Lee called my hotel room to make sure I wouldn't have a problem with being captain. It was a nice feeling when he told me.

"I am a bit superstitious and I'm usually last out of the changing room. To be first out as captain was a thrill, especially with getting the win," he continued, before reflecting on the nature of the encounter.

"I didn't really think they were going to score, to be honest. They had a lot of possession, but not in areas where they could hurt us.

"We've beaten Germany and now Holland with a few players missing who would probably have started the game. We operate as a good unit and we are like a club squad with our mentality and banter."

The quietly spoken Tom added that his style of leadership is very much in the mould of his Club captain.

"I tried to just play my own game and I was similar to Ledley in my captaincy. Not the most vocal on the pitch, but you can be a good captain in your own way, which Ledley is."