James Tomkins admits ‘I was thinking about the headlines’ as he reflects on his debut

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A West Ham United defender has been looking back after a wonderful achievement.

West Ham United defender James Tomkins has been speaking after making his 200th appearance for the Hammers.

The 25-year-old was speaking to the Basildon Recorder after the notable achievement, and he reflected on his debut for the club as a teenager and spoke of his hopes for the future.

Tomkins made his West Ham debut in 2008, when then-manager Alan Curbishley gave him a chance against Everton.

The match ended 1-1 but Tomkins could have been the unlikely hero with a little more luck.

“I didn’t know I was in the team until about 10 minutes before kick-off, “he said. “I remember it so well. I hit the bar and I remember at that point thinking about the headlines and what they could have been the next day.”

Alas it was not to be, but Tomkins has gone on to have an impressive career at Upton Park and, still only 25, there is no reason he cannot add another 200 appearances to his tally in due course.

The West Ham defender has made 14 appearances so far this season and has enjoyed the Hammers’ stunning and unexpected climb up the Premier League table.

They have slipped somewhat in recent weeks, but there is every reason to be hopeful in 2015. So what is next for Tomkins?

“Now I need to challenge Nobes (Mark Noble) for his milestone of the most Premier League appearances for the club (205) but that is a way off yet," he said.

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