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TOM'S WEMBLEY WAY

Posted on 28 March 2007  - 12:00

Tom Huddlestone conceded that it might take some time for the sheer magnitude of being involved in the first international at the new Wembley Stadium to sink in.

Tom Huddlestone conceded that it might take some time for the sheer magnitude of being involved in the first international at the new Wembley Stadium to sink in.

A regular in the side in the last two seasons, the midfielder found himself on the bench for the England Under-21 friendly against Italy on Saturday as the new management team of Nigel Pearson and Stuart Pearce opted to go with a 4-3-3 system.

However, he stepped straight into his passing game when he entered the fray for the final flurry of action in a memorable encounter. Indeed, there must have been a healthy Spurs contingent in the 55,000 crowd as Tom's every touch was met with a cry of 'shoot'!

The game finished 3-3 with the Italians opening the scoring after 29 seconds and striker Giampaolo Pazzini going on to claim a hat-trick. Wayne Routledge, our winger on loan at Fulham, was on target for England alongside David Bentley and Matt Derbyshire.

"Maybe in a few months or even a few years I'll look back at it and realise what a historical event we were part of," reflected Tom, back training at Spurs Lodge this week. "Perhaps I'll realise then.

"At the time though the lads took it as another international match.

"It was good to get on, I would have liked to have started as I've started a lot of Under-21 games but nevertheless I was happy with what I did in the time I was on.

"Inside, it's second to none. The changing rooms, the facilities, the players' lounge is massive, a bit like the size of board rooms at other stadiums! They've got it spot on, really."




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