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DERBY County will not receive a windfall from Tottenham Hotspur after Tom Huddlestone made his senior international debut for England.

The 22-year-old, who came through the ranks at Derby, was used as a late substitute in Saturday's defeat by Brazil in Qatar.

But the midfielder had to make three appearances for the England senior side by a date in 2008 for Derby to cash in on the England clause inserted in the deal that took Huddlesstone to Tottenham Hotspur in 2005.

Huddlestone (pictured) was sold as the Rams looked to raise cash.

He signed a pre-contract agreement with Tottenham in January 2005 and completed his move to White Hart Lane in the summer. Derby received an initial fee of around £650,000.

The deal was reported to be worth up to £2.5m with what the board at the time described as "realistic" additional payments based on appearances.

Full details of the deal never emerged due to a confidentiality clause and the arrival at Pride Park of forward Mounir El Hamdaoui seemed to affect the add-on payments.

Derby signed El Hamdaoui on loan from Tottenham in September 2005 when Phil Brown was manager and the player returned for a second stint in February 2006.

There was a dispute between Derby and Tottenham in 2006/7 over the add-ons in the Huddlestone deal. Tottenham claimed they were owed money by Derby in relation to payments on El Hamdaoui's temporary transfer 12 months earlier.

It was just one of a number of issues outstanding when the consortium of local businessmen, led by Peter Gadsby, rescued the club in April 2006.

Derby still have a sell-on clause for Huddlestone, believed to be 15 per cent.


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