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Tom makes first England start

Posted on 30 May 2010  - 12:00

Tom Huddlestone made his full senior England debut in a 2-1 friendly win over Japan in Austria on Sunday.

Tom makes first England start

Tom Huddlestone made his full senior England debut in a 2-1 friendly win over Japan in Austria on Sunday.

The midfielder marked his third Three Lions cap by starting alongside Frank Lampard in the centre of the park after two previous substitute appearances against Brazil last November and Mexico on Monday.

Spurs team-mate Aaron Lennon also started the game on the left of midfield while Peter Crouch, Michael Dawson, Jermain Defoe and Ledley King were all unused substitutes.

Tom played the first half before being replaced as one of five changes at the break - but it didn't turn out to be the most memorable 45 minutes for the 23-year-old.

England fell behind to Marcus Tulio Tanaka's seventh minute strike and it took two second half own goals from the Japanese for Fabio Capello's men to claim victory in their last friendly before the World Cup Finals.

All six of our players selected in the provisional squad will be hoping to make the cut when the squad is trimmed to a final 23 for South Africa on Tuesday.

INTERNATIONAL UPDATE

Robbie Keane struck twice in the Republic of Ireland's 3-0 friendly victory over England's World Cup group opponents Algeria in Dublin on Friday night to complete their summer schedule, which has brought two wins from two games.

And on Saturday night, Benoit Assou-Ekotto and Sebastien Bassong both played the full 90 minutes in Cameroon's 1-1 friendly draw with Slovakia in Austria.