Sherwood receives Huddlestone endorsement

Former Tottenham midfielder Tom Huddlestone has praised Tim Sherwood for bringing the excitement of the Redknapp era back to White Hart Lane.

Tim Sherwood

Huddlestone signed a £5.25million deal with Hull in the summer after being shown the door by then Spurs boss Andre Villas-Boas, who had used him increasingly sparingly during his time at the club.

Huddlestone was shocked to see Villas-Boas sacked last month but believes Sherwood, who was promoted from the youth set-up to take the reins, can recreate the style of attacking football that characterised Harry Redknapp's tenure - and some of his own finest days in North London.

"I was surprised (by Villas-Boas' sacking) because they weren't that far away from the top four, where they want to be," Huddlestone said, a day after Sherwood oversaw a 2-1 victory at Manchester United.

"But Tim has come in having worked with the under-21 side, who have cleaned up recently.

"He is not shy in giving them the chances, as you have seen over the last few games, and he's got some massive results so far.

"I think Tim is probably playing a more exciting style of football - maybe more like Redknapp did - than AVB did, which suits the players they've got.

"I do know Tim fairly well and I like the way he is. He is straightforward.

"If somebody needs telling off or whatever he won't be afraid to do it. With the squad he has got there he is an ideal fit."

Huddlestone's form has been superb since joining the Tigers, taking a leading role in a side that has defied expectations to sit 10th in the Barclays Premier League table.

Tigers boss Steve Bruce has touted Huddlestone for a return to the England set-up in time for the World Cup, but the player himself feels it may be harder to achieve now he is not at one of the division's high-profile teams.

The four-cap midfielder said: "It shouldn't be harder to get in the England team playing for Hull, but whether or not it is, I'm not sure.

"I played five or six games for Tottenham last season before the Sweden game and managed to get another cap just through that, so sometime it maybe seems that way.

"But I am just happy doing what I am doing and if it gets recognition in the squad then I will be buzzing, obviously that is the highlight of anyone's career, to represent your country.

"I've done it on a few occasions and hopefully I can get myself back into the fold at some stage, but the main objective is to keep Hull in the league really."

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