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Happy memories for Tom

Posted on 5 September 2008  - 12:00

Tom Huddlestone has a couple of happy Wembley memories to take into tonight's crunch European Under-21 Championship qualifier with Portugal.

Happy memories for Tom

Tom Huddlestone has a couple of happy Wembley memories to take into tonight's crunch European Under-21 Championship qualifier with Portugal.

The midfielder became one of the first players to step out at the new stadium in March 2007 for Stuart Pearce's side against Italy - and we all know what he achieved there just over a year later.

Tom's impact on our Carling Cup Final win over Chelsea will stand him in good stead as he looks to help seal England Under-21s progress to the Play Offs for next summer's tournament.

And in terms of the Young Lions' chances against a talented Portuguese side, the big man is full of confidence.

"Since I've been in the Under-21s for the last three years, we've not lost many games so I don't think we should fear anyone," said Tom. "We'll be confident going into this game.

"It will certainly be difficult as they have some very skilful players. I played the game in Portugal and that was a very difficult game. It's the only one we've not won in qualifying.

"But perhaps we will have a bit of a psychological edge over them to get the victory, especially playing at Wembley.

"Being one of the first players to play there was a great feeling. Everyone was excited about being at Wembley.

"Also, lot of people go through their whole careers without winning any trophies, so for me to lift one at Wembley with Spurs at such a young age was good for me, but it was also a privilege."