Hoddle champions ex-Spurs man Huddlestone over Wilshere for England

Tom Huddlestone

Hull City midfielder Tom Huddlestone should oust Jack Wilshere in a deep midfield role according to the former England boss.

There aren't many former England internationals that were as accomplished a midfield player as Glenn Hoddle, and coupled with the fact that the 56-year-old went go on to manage his country, it's perhaps worth taking notice when he offers opinions on the state of the Three Lions midfield.

The Tottenham favourite bemoaned Roy Hodgson's decision to snub Hull City star Tom Huddlestone in recent times after England's win over San Marino, expressing concern in Jack Wilshere's ability to play a deep playmaker role with the discipline necessary in a higher profile game.

“The thing is that he [Wilshere] had nobody putting him under real pressure [against San Marino], so he can play passes forward, but when there’s pressure is when he looks to dribble," Hoddle told ITV.

“If he gets someone faced up and closing him down then he’ll try and beat him, which is what happened against Switzerland. If you empty that area, against tournament opposition, you’re asking for trouble. You won’t get a good judgement from these games.

“I’d say Tom Huddlestone should still be there. We shouldn’t have thrown him out the window.

“As a holding player, if they’re going to play one who can spray it about, he’s the best passer England have got now Gerrard’s gone, in my opinion. Both long and short.”

Huddlestone won the last of his four international caps in the famous Ibrahimovic 4 - England 2 game in Stockholm in 2012.

Having enjoyed an excellent debut campaign at Hull last season following his £5 million move from White Hart Lane, a season that saw Hull compete in their first ever FA Cup Final, the 27-year-old was hoping to gatecrash England's World Cup squad. But, perhaps somewhat predictably, he never got his chance.

Widely acknowledged as one of the country's most gifted passers and long-distance shooters, Huddlestone may feel that there is even more of an opening for someone of his talents now Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard have retired, and though doubts remain regarding his fitness and mobility, all the former Derby player can do is keep playing well for Hull, and hope Hodgson tunes in at the KC Stadium one week.

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