Huddlestone in 2007
|Full name||Thomas Andrew Huddlestone|
|Date of birth||28 December 1986|
|Place of birth||Nottingham, England|
|Height||6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)|
|Current club||Hull City|
|2005–2006||→ Wolverhampton Wanderers (loan)||14||(1)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 23:41, 9 December 2013 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).
Having progressed through the youth ranks at Nottingham Forest and Derby County, Huddlestone began his professional career in 2003 with the latter club. He quickly broke into the first team, and made 95 league appearances before switching to Tottenham Hotspur in 2005. Having spent some of the 2005–06 season on loan to Wolverhampton Wanderers, where he made 14 league appearances, he began to break into the Tottenham team during the 2006–07 season, and became a regular player for the club. However, he struggled with injury problems during the 2011–12 season, and fell out of favour. He joined current club Hull City in August 2013, having made 143 league appearances for Tottenham.
Huddlestone represented England at under-16, under-17, under-19 and under-20 levels before making his under-21 debut in 2005. He was a regular for the under-21 side between 2005 and 2009, and made 32 appearances. He made his full England debut in 2009, and has since gone on to make three further appearances.
Born in Nottingham, Huddlestone was taken on by Nottingham Forest at an early age but was released at 12 as he was claimed to be "not strong enough". After Forest he joined Derby and after progressing well, made his debut for Derby County's reserve side at the age of just 15, when he appeared as an 80th minute sub at right wingback in a match against Coventry City.
He was given his full debut by George Burley at the age of 16 on the opening day of the 2003–04 season in a 3–0 home defeat to Stoke City, where he 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, he (is) the best passer of a ball I (have) ever seen, and I've worked with some good young players." He eventually went on to appear in 43 of Derby's 46 league games that season. He enjoyed an equally successful 2004–05 as Derby reached the Football League Division One playoffs, where they lost to Preston North End in the semifinals. However, half way through the season Huddlestone signed for Tottenham Hotspur in January 2005 for a fee reported to be worth up to £2.5 million, though he remained at Derby for the rest of the campaign. He left Pride Park with 95 appearances to his credit.
Huddlestone spent a few months of the 2005–06 season on loan to Wolverhampton Wanderers, scoring his first league goal, at Derby, before returning to make his debut for Tottenham as a substitute in the 1–0 defeat away at Fulham on 31 January 2006.
His first start for Tottenham came on 14 September 2006, away to Slavia Prague in the UEFA Cup, a game which Tottenham won 1–0. His first goal for Spurs came in the League Cup 4th Round match against Port Vale on 8 November 2006. Huddlestone scored 2 goals in this match, his second goal proving decisive in extra time, taking Tottenham through to the quarter finals of the competition. Huddlestone got his 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 his playmaking abilities, ferocious shot power and versatility. He has also been deployed at centre back on numerous occasions for both Tottenham and the England under-21s.
On 25 December 2006, he signed a new four and a half-year contract – keeping him at the club until 2011. Tom signed a new and improved five-year contract on 30 June 2008 committing his future to Tottenham Hotspur until 2013. He came on as a substitute as Spurs beat Chelsea in the 2008 Football League Cup Final. During the 2009–10 season, he became a regular under Harry Redknapp. In March, he extended his contract until 2015.
Huddlestone was plagued with injury during the 2011–12 season and managed only four appearances for the club. On 18 July 2012, Huddlestone made his first appearance for the club in over 10 months, coming on as a second half substitute in Tottenham's 2–0 pre season friendly win over Stevenage. He returned for the 2012/13 season and made his first appearance as a substitute for Jermaine Defoe against Norwich City on 1 September 2012. He was shown a red card for serious foul play, the match ended in a disappointing 1–1 draw. The red card was later rescinded.
On 14 August 2013, Huddlestone moved to Hull City for an undisclosed fee believed to be about £5 million, following him to the KC Stadium was Tottenham team-mate Jake Livermore but on a season long loan. He made his debut on the first day of the 2013–14 season when he came off the bench in a 2–0 loss away at Chelsea.
Having been capped at the U-17 and U-19 levels, Huddlestone was a regular in the England under-21s. He played twice in the 2007 UEFA Under-21 Championship before a red card for dissent ruled him out of the semi-final and final. In October 2008, he scored the opening goal from a free kick in the second leg of the 2009 European Championship qualifying play-offs against Wales. Although the game ended in a draw which ensured qualification for England, it was marred by his sending-off in the second half for a reckless challenge on Darcy Blake. He missed the tournament through injury.
He was called up into the England squad for the first time by coach Fabio Capello to face United States and Trinidad and Tobago in friendlies. On 14 November 2009, he received his first cap for the senior side in the 1–0 loss in a friendly match against Brazil, after coming on as a substitute in the 81st minute. His next appearances came in a 2010 World Cup warm up match against Mexico, where he came on in as a substitute in the 61st minute. His latest appearance for England also came in a 2010 World Cup warm up game against Japan where he started for the first time in 2–1 victory.
He is known for his size and his superb passing range which has led to comparisons with former Tottenham player Glenn Hoddle. He also has a powerful shot that has enabled him score long range goals from midfield, notably when he scored twice from outside the penalty area against Fulham 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.
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