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Tom on U21s

Posted on 15 June 2009  - 12:00

Tom Huddlestone feels England have 'a great chance' in the European U21 Championship.

Tom on U21s

Tom Huddlestone feels England have 'a great chance' in the European U21 Championship.

The Young Lions kick-off the tournament in Sweden today (Monday, June 15, kick-off 5.15pm UK) against Finland in Halmstad.

Spain and Germany are also in Group B with the winners and runners-up progressing to the semi-finals. Group A consists of Sweden, Belarus, Italy and Serbia.

Unfortunately, Tom will miss out on the U21 showpiece afer undergoing knee surgery last month - he's sidelined alongside fellow Spurs Jamie O'Hara and Aaron Lennon.

However, we are representedin the squad by Danny Rose.

Tom said: "They have a lot of Premier League experience for an Under-21 squad, with some players having played over 100 to 150 games in the league.

"I don't think there will be too many other nations at the tournament with that amount of experience to call on. They have a great chance."

The midfielder admitted his frustration at not being involved in the tournament having played an integral role in the qualification campaign.

But he reasoned that the necessity of the operation outweighed his desire to feature in a tournament he would have missed the first two games of through suspension anyway, following the red card he picked up in last year's qualification play-off with Wales.

"Yes, it's frustrating," said Tom. "But I thought this was probably the best time to get the knee seen to considering I would have been suspended for the first two games of the tournament anyway.

"It will hopefully work out better for the team if the manager has somebody he can pick in that position to play throughout the whole tournament."