Hull’s Tom Huddlestone aims for haircut and Brazilian World Cup trip with England following rare goal
Star who can finally tame bushy barnet after ending 32-month scoring drought in big Fulham win eyes Hodgson’s squad PLUS Cottagers’ Riise apologises to fans
Tom Huddlestone cannot wait to lop of his locks – and says he would love to rock up in Rio to show off his new do.
The midfielder will select a new hairstyle this week after ending his 32-month goal drought in Hull’s demolition of Fulham.
Huddlestone had not scored since April 2011 – when he was with former club Tottenham – and pledged only to cut his hair when he found the net again in an effort to raise money for charity.
He is now free to choose a new look such as those on display here, and says he would love to flaunt it on the world stage as part of the England squad in Brazil in the summer.
He said: “That 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 plans to experiment with his hairstyle – if he can remember what a barbershop looks like.
He said: “I’m not going to go straight back to short. I’ll have a few funky ones. I’ll have to look at my old phone. I’ve got two or three barbers that I’ve used in the past. I’ll decide on a style then speak to them and see who’s available.
“Obviously, I can have it however I want now. It’s raised a good bit for the charity, which is the main reason behind it.
“I think the physio has cut a little bit too much out as well in the celebration. That’s been planned for 18 months. It was planned from the beginning of last season. It was just about finding the opportunity to do that.”
Meanwhile, Hull boss Steve Bruce urged Roy Hodgson to consider taking his midfield star to the World Cup.
Bruce said: “It’s not for me to say what Roy should do but it will be hot in Brazil and you need people who can technically take the ball.
“It won’t be fast and furious and it is going to be not like normal England play, we will have to play at a certain tempo because of the heat. There is always a surprise in the squad but it would not surprise me if he went because there are not many producing as well as he is.”
Huddlestone’s goal was a moment to savour in a joyous second half for Hull fans.
Ahmed Elmohamady broke the deadlock Huddlestone’s corner five minutes after the break and Robert Koren made it 2-0 five minutes later.
George Boyd and substitute Matty Fryatt scored their first Premier League goals either side of Huddlestone’s 67th-minute strike and Koren added his second six minutes from time.
The victory was Hull’s biggest in 19 years and a dealt a setback to Fulham’s survival hopes.
Cottagers left-back John Arne Riise said: “I want to apologise to the Fulham fans who made the trip because the second half was a poor performance.
“It hurts for every player and it’s a wake-up for everyone. When they pay a lot of money to come and watch your team get beaten like that, it’s painful.
“But I can assure the fans it’s painful for us as well. It hurts because to concede six in one half is tough to take. We had done well in the past four or five games so it’s very disappointing.”
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