TOM LEADS THE WAY
Tom Huddlestone captained England Under-21s to a 1-0 win over Holland in Alkmaar on Tuesday evening.
Tom Huddlestone captained England Under-21s to a 1-0 win over Holland in Alkmaar on Tuesday evening.The midfielder was named skipper by stand-in coach Sammy Lee and England's youngsters produced a strong display to overcome the Dutch with the decisive goal being scored in the first half by Justin Hoyte.
Wayne Routledge - currently on loan at Fulham - was also impressive until he was replaced in the 78th minute as England sought to close the game up.
Our Academy goalkeeper David Button was also on England duty on Tuesday, featuring in the first half for the Under-19s in their 3-2 win over Switzerland at Gresty Road, Crewe.
Elsewhere, our reserve midfielder Kieran McKenna was sent off as Northern Ireland Under-21s fells to a 2-1 defeat away to Germany. Northern Ireland took the lead, but were pegged back and then trailing before the break, with Kieran missing the final 18 minutes after picking up two yellow cards.
It will be a special night for Robbie Keane tonight when the Republic of Ireland take on San Marino in Euro 2008 qualfifying in what will be the final game staged at Lansdowne Road before the venue is closed for re-development.
"This game means a lot," said Robbie, captain of his national team.
"It wasn't that long ago I was watching the team and dreaming that one day I'd play at Lansdowne Road.
"So to play in what will be the last game for a couple of years will be very emotional for everybody, not just the players, but also the supporters.
"Hopefully we can put on a good show."
Like the Under-21s, the full England team is in Holland to take on their Dutch counterparts with Paul Robinson named in the side for the game at the Amsterdam ArenA. Robbo will win his 32nd cap.
The international in Amsterdam will be screened live on BBC1 from 7pm.
Other Spurs players likely to be performing for their countries tonight are Dimitar Berbatov (Bulgaria facing Slovakia in a friendly) and Marton Fulop (Hungary taking on Canada). Hossam Ghaly has been called up by Egypt for their fixture against South Africa in London, while Didier Zokora has travelled to France for the Ivory Coast's encounter with Sweden.