They used to call Mike Atherton FEC - Future England Captain - as a kid at Lancashire, it was so obvious he was going to lead his country one day. Well the initials should be inscribed on Tomkins' locker at the Boleyn as a future international centre back pairing was forged tonight. Never mind Terry and Ferdinand, the future of England's defence is Tomkins and Smalling.
Tomkins came on in the 6th minute for the U21s in Denmark tonight and played a leading role as the young lions turned the Danes into masticated bacon. England won the game 4-0, but more importantly, that Tomkins and Smalling pairing was forged. The pair are stars of the future, no question!