Bostock: Youngsters don't get a chance

Bostock, 18, moved to White Hart Lane from boyhood club Crystal Palace in the summer of 2008 in a controversial £700,000 move, but is still to make his Premier League bow for Harry Redknapp's side.

The highly-regarded midfielder scored a brilliant volley as England were beaten by Spain in Tuesday's under-19 European Championship semi-final, and now has a taste for competitive action.

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Gary Parkinson is a freelance writer, editor, trainer, muso, singer, actor and coach. He spent 14 years at FourFourTwo as the Global Digital Editor and continues to regularly contribute to the magazine and website, including major features on Euro 96, Subbuteo, Robert Maxwell and the inside story of Liverpool's 1990 title win. He is also a Bolton Wanderers fan.