Tom Huddlestone would love to be involved for England at the World Cup, although retaining Hull City’s Premier League status is his priority.
The 27-year-old left Tottenham Hotspur for regular first team football with the Tigers this summer, in a deal which looks to be a bargain at around £5million. The midfielder has featured in every Premier League match for Steve Bruce’s side, and scored his first goal in a two-and-a-half years on Saturday afternoon.
Huddlestone was in superb form as Hull thrashed Fulham 6-0, with a memorable free kick from 35 yards leading to one of the other goals. Bruce believes the midfielder, if he continues in this fashion, can force his way into Roy Hodgson’s World Cup squad, but as much as the player would relish being part of his country’s plans for the Brazil Finals, he insists his focus is fully trained on his club.
“It’s not particularly in my thoughts,” he said. “Obviously Roy Hodgson has said that he’s seen everybody who’s in contention. It would be the icing on the cake, if we stayed up and I managed to get back in the England squad, but first and foremost is getting results like we did against Fulham and staying in the Premier League.”
Huddlestone, who began his career at Derby County, has four caps for England, three of which were earned during the Fabio Capello era. Hodgson did, though, call him up in November of last year, when the former Tottenham star played in the friendly defeat against Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Sweden at Wembley.