Tom Huddlestone has been around the scene for years and now is the time for Roy Hodgson to give the 28-year-old just his fifth appearance for the English national team.
In the summer of 2013 he signed for Hull City from Tottenham for a reported £5.25 million which seemed a bargain at the time. England appear to be struggling at the moment with a poor performance during the World Cup in which they didn't even make it out of the group stage; however they have showed slight improvement with recent wins over Estonia, San Marino and Switzerland.
England lack experience and composure
There is undoubted potential within the England side but at times they look like they lack experience and composure. The recent retirements of Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard have meant that much younger midfielders have had to take over their duties with little experience. The three central midfielders that started against Estonia during the recent international break, Delph, Henderson and Wilshere are just 24, 24 and 22-years-old respectively.
What Huddlestone brings to the team are precise long and short passes, good protection for the defence, powerful long shots, accurate set-pieces, strength, composure and experience. He has made a total of 367 appearances for Derby County, Wolverhampton Wanderers, Tottenham and is currently playing for Hull.
In that time he has only scored 20 goals which may be the reason he has been hardly noticed by the English selectors but his role of defensive-mid/centre-mid isn't all about goals.
Huddlestone could be Hodgson's wildcard
He has been praised throughout his career for his composure on the ball and particularly his long balls which the English team could really do with. He's also quite a defensive-minded midfielder so he gives good protection for the defence unlike Delph and Wilshere who love to go forward and don't always come back; however Huddlestone has been known to have scored some world-class goals when he has pushed forward.
The only area that he has come under fire from is his work rate and stamina having been caught out in bad positions at key times which may be due to the fact that he hasn't got the speed of other central-midfielders.
There have been many calls over the years from football fans and journalists to give the Englishman a call up but he has not made an international appearance since November 14, 2012 and now is the time for the English manager to give him another chance.
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