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Tom Huddlestone

Thomas Andrew Huddlestone (born 28 December 1986) is an English Association football who plays for Tottenham Hotspur F.C. and the England national football team as a midfielder.

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Tom Huddlestone biography


Thomas Andrew Huddlestone (born 28 December 1986) is an English Association football who plays for Tottenham Hotspur F.C. and the England national football team as a midfielder.

Club career

Born in Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, Huddlestone was taken on by Nottingham Forest F.C. at an early age but was released at 12 as Tom Huddlestone was claimed to be "not strong enough". After Forest Tom Huddlestone joined Derby and after progressing well, made Tom Huddlestone debut for Derby County's reserve side at the age of just 15, when Tom Huddlestone appeared as an 80th minute sub at right-wing back in a match against Coventry City F.C..

Tom Huddlestone was given Tom Huddlestone full debut by George Burley at the age of 16 on the opening day of the 2003-04 in English football season in a 3–0 home defeat to Stoke City F.C., where Tom Huddlestone was voted Man of the Match. Though Derby struggled in Huddlestone's first full season, Huddlestone was one of Derby's few bright points, with Burley saying "He's a terrific talent. As a young player, Tom Huddlestone (is) the best passer of a ball I (have) ever seen, and I've worked with some good young players." Tom Huddlestone eventually went on to appear in 43 of Derby's 46 league games that season. Tom Huddlestone enjoyed an equally successful 2004-05 in English football as Derby reached the Football League Division One playoffs, where they lost to Preston North End F.C. in the semifinals. However, half way through the season Huddlestone signed for Tottenham Hotspurs F.C. in January 2005 for a fee reported to be worth up to £2.5 million, though Tom Huddlestone remained at Derby for the rest of the campaign. Tom Huddlestone left Pride Park with 95 appearances to Tom Huddlestone credit.

Tottenham Hotspur

Huddlestone spent a few months of the 2005-06 in English football season on loan to Wolverhampton Wanderers F.C., scoring Tom Huddlestone first league goal, at Derby, before returning to make Tom Huddlestone debut for Tottenham as a substitute in the 1–0 defeat away at Fulham F.C. on 31 January 2006.

Tom Huddlestone first start for Tottenham came on 14 September 2006, away to Slavia Prague in the UEFA Europa League, a game which Tottenham won 1–0.
Tom Huddlestone first goal for Spurs came in the Football League Cup 4th Round match against Port Vale F.C. on 8 November 2006. Huddlestone scored 2 goals in this match, Tom Huddlestone second goal proving decisive in extra time, taking Tottenham through to the quarter finals of the competition.
Huddlestone got Tom Huddlestone first league goal for Spurs on 17 December 2006 against Manchester City with an excellent half-volley on 24 minutes, hit first-time after assisting with team mate Calum Davenport's first goal with a free-kick.

Huddlestone established himself as one of the most promising young English central midfielders in the premiership towards the end of the 2006–07 season and head coach Martin Jol compared Tom Huddlestone with German legend Franz Beckenbauer due to Tom Huddlestone playmaking abilities, ferocious shot power and versatility. Tom Huddlestone has also been deployed at centre back on numerous occasions for both Tottenham Hotspur F.C. and the England national under-21 football team. During the 2009–10 season, Tom Huddlestone became a regular under Harry Redknapp. In March, Tom Huddlestone extended Tom Huddlestone contract until 2015.

On 2 November Tom Huddlestone captained the side to a famous 3-1 win over European Champions Inter Milan in matchday 4 of the Champions League, leaving Spurs 1 win away from the knockout stages.

International career

Youth

Having been capped at the U-17 and U-19 levels, Huddlestone was a regular in the England national under-21 football team. Tom Huddlestone played twice in the 2007 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship before a red card for dissent ruled Tom Huddlestone out of the semi-final and final. In October 2008, Tom Huddlestone scored the opening goal from a free kick in the second leg of the 2009 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship qualification play-offs against Wales. Although the game ended in a draw which ensured qualification for England, it was marred by Tom Huddlestone sending-off in the second half for a reckless challenge on Darcy Blake. Tom Huddlestone missed the tournament through injury.

Senior team

Tom Huddlestone was called up into the England national football team squad for the first time by coach Fabio Capello to face United States men's national soccer team and Trinidad and Tobago national football team in friendlies. On 14 November 2009, Tom Huddlestone received Tom Huddlestone first cap for the senior side in the 1–0 loss in a Exhibition game against Brazil national football team, after coming on as a substitute in the 81st minute in a 1-0 defeat. Tom Huddlestone next appearances came in a 2010 FIFA World Cup warm up match against Mexico national football team, where Tom Huddlestone came on in as a substitute in the 61st minute. Tom Huddlestone latest appearance for England also came in a 2010 World Cup warm up game against Japan national football team where Tom Huddlestone started for the first time in 2-1 victory.

In May 2010, Fabio Capello announced that Huddlestone would be in Tom Huddlestone preliminary 2010 FIFA World Cup squad of 30 players. However, was not selected for the final 23-man squad.

Attributes

Tom Huddlestone is known for Tom Huddlestone size and Tom Huddlestone superb passing range which has led to comparisons with former Tottenham player Glenn Hoddle.
Tom Huddlestone also has a powerful shot that has enabled Tom Huddlestone score long range goals from midfield, notably when Tom Huddlestone scored twice from outside the penalty area against Fulham F.C. on 26 December 2007, a top-corner goal against Bolton Wanderers in May 2010 and a spectacular left-footed effort against Arsenal in a 3-3 draw in April 2011.

Honours

Tottenham Hotspur
- Football League Cup: Football League Cup 2007-08

Reference: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tom_Huddlestone

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