Hull City have so far gained four points from their first three games, with manager Steve Bruce looking to build on an impressive campaign last season, which saw the Tigers reach the FA Cup final before losing 3-2 to Arsenal at Wembley. That meant qualification for the Europa League preliminary rounds, but Hull lost out to Belgian side Lokeren before they even had chance to tackle the group stage.
Big money has been spent this summer after Hull lured the likes of Michael Dawson, Harry Maguire, Andrew Robertson, Jake Livermore, Mohamed Diame, Thomas Ince, Robert Snodgrass, Hatem Ben Arfa, Gaston Ramirez and Abel Hernandez to the KC Stadium, but one of their existing players has been making the headlines today.
Midfielder Tom Huddlestone joined the club in 2013 for £5m after slipping down the pecking order at Tottenham, and went on to have an uncharacteristically injury free season. After proving his worth, many people suggested that the 27-year-old should have been given an England recall for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. However, manager Roy Hodgson didn't seem to even think about Huddlestone, and the midfielder has not only suggested that Hodgson doesn't pay attention to Hull, but begged the England boss to give him and some of his team mates a chance.
"I don’t think Roy Hodgson’s been up here," said Huddlestone in The Sun. "But there’s a few of us to watch. Curtis Davies and Jake Livermore had a great season, playing regularly and full of confidence, myself playing regularly and feeling confident in a good team – so there’s a few of us that are always hopeful"
"Jake has been in the squad before, I think Curtis has been in the squad but hasn’t managed to get on the pitch. So there are a few English lads at Hull who would be over the moon to get back in. Me? I will always remain hopeful. Obviously I have to have another good season for Hull."
Hodgson recently made the strange decision to call up Newcastle's Jack Colback, and a case can certainly be made that Huddlestone and Livermore have been better than him over the past 12 months. Hull can show the country what they're made of tonight when they take on West Ham at the KC Stadium live on Sky Sports, and if Huddlestone, Livermore and Davies continue to impress, then they should at least be under consideration for international recognition.