Hughes tips Soares for top
By Mark Kendall
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Michael Hughes has backed Tom Soares to break into the senior England team.Michael Hughes has backed Crystal Palace midfield cohort Tom Soares to break into the full England team in the not too distant future.
Hughes has been impressed by the youngster's emergence this season and believes he has similar qualities to Arsenal's inspirational skipper Patrick Vieira.
Soares has yet to gain international recognition for his impressive displays this term, as he has been overlooked for the England Under-21 team.
However, Hughes feels that such is his promise and quality, Soares could soon be knocking on the door of Sven Goran Eriksson's senior set-up.
"Tom is the pick of the kids at Palace," Hughes stated.
"He has got skill in abundance, can run at people, head it, score goals and tackle hard, very hard.
"He can become the complete midfielder. He needs another season or two, but he will get to the very top.
"I would say he is an attack-making Patrick Vieira in the making.
"I'm astounded he could not get into the England Under-21 team.
"I'm certain that if he doesn't make the Under-21s, then he will be knocking on the door of the full team very soon.
"He really is a very special talent and on top of all that he is a nice kid, one of the nicest I have ever met."
Soares recently put pen to paper on a new four-year deal at Selhurst Park, but revealed that before agreeing new terms, he was probably the worst-paid player in The Premiership.
However, he insists that his love of the game never led him to question his future at Selhurst Park.
"I was probably the cheapest player in The Premiership," he said.
"You could probably have earned more labouring, but it is something I love doing."