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TOM ON THE UP

Tom Huddlestone is delighted to have been called up to the senior England squad for the first time, but knows little has been achieved until he actually pulls on the famous Three Lions shirt.

Tom Huddlestone is delighted to have been called up to the senior England squad for the first time, but knows little has been achieved until he actually pulls on the famous Three Lions shirt.

The 21-year-old midfielder is dreaming of stepping out at Wembley and following in the footsteps of his heroes who have represented their country at the highest level in the past.

Having been selected in Fabio Capello's 30-man squad for the up-coming friendlies with the USA and Trinidad & Tobago, Tom is encouraged that his efforts in the England Under-21 setup over the last three years, as well as his performances for Spurs, have earned him this recognition.

And as he prepares to join up with the squad, he is thankful to Head Coach Capello for giving young players like himself a chance to prove themselves at senior level.

In an exclusive interview with Spurs TV Online, Tom says: “I wasn’t sure whether one of the lads were winding me up when I first heard the news, but although it is quite a big squad, it’s an achievement that I’m pleased about.

“My Mum and the rest of my family and friends are very pleased for me, but I haven’t achieved anything yet and I’m just hoping to get on the pitch.

“My first recollections of football are probably from England’s Euro 96 campaign, and hopefully I get the chance to play in a tournament like that one day.

“On paper, going from the Under-21 setup to the senior squad is a natural progression, but the main thing is doing well at club level in the Premier League every week."

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