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Huddlestone's England optimism

Hull City midfielder Tom Huddlestone says he will not give up on his hopes of making the World Cup, despite being overlooked for the latest England squad.

The 27-year-old has impressed at the KC Stadium since his summer switch from Tottenham, playing a crucial role in the Tigers' strong Premier League return.

However, he failed to make Roy Hodgson's 30-man squad for the forthcoming friendly against Denmark as England begin preparations for Brazil.

Huddlestone has not featured in Hodgson's plans since November 2012's friendly with Sweden, but he remains optimistic about the possibility of a Three Lions return.

"You can never tell how things will work out," he told The Sun.

"When I was named in the squad against Sweden last season, I was more surprised than anyone.

"I'd only played about five times after injury but it was a huge boost.

"It made me realise you just have to keep doing your best and who knows what will come your way."

Hull have fared the best of any of the newly-promoted sides, sitting six points above the drop zone in 11th, and Huddlestone says he is ecstatic with the way things have gone so far.

"The fact is, I'm very happy with my form, very happy with the club's league position in both league and cup and I couldn't be happier with the way it has all gone since I came here at the beginning of the season," he said.

"The main reason I came here was to play regular football. After my injury problems a couple of seasons ago and then being in and out of the Tottenham side last year, I needed to play every week.

"The Cardiff game was my 28th appearance of the season for Hull and that is as many as I played in the whole of last season for Spurs.

"It is also three more than I managed in the previous two seasons put together, although injuries obviously had a lot to do with that low number.

"But there's nothing better than knowing that as long as you are performing to the level you know you are capable of, your name is going to be on the teamsheet."