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Tomkins delighted with dream week

James Tomkins
Tomkins is hoping for more starts for West Ham (Getty Images)

West Ham defender James Tomkins says he is still coming to terms with a week that has seen him make his club debut and net two goals for his country.

The 18-year-old started his first Hammers' match at Everton on Saturday and bagged a brace in England under-19s 3-1 win against Russia on Tuesday.

He told BBC London 94.9: "It's hard to put this week into words. I still can't believe it now, I'm still buzzing.

"To score two goals as well, it's been a very good week for me."

Tomkins was the second West Ham youngster to make his debut in consecutive weekends after Freddie Sears came off the bench to score the winner against Blackburn.

"Freddie made his debut a week before me and he could have won the game against Everton as he popped up and hit the post," he added.

"He's been banging them in for the youth team and the reserves, and he's deserved his chance. Now I've got my chance I just want to show everyone what I can do."

see also
Everton 1-1 West Ham
22 Mar 08 |  Premier League
Sears given Sir Trevor's backing
20 Mar 08 |  West Ham Utd
Academy success delights West Ham
18 Mar 08 |  West Ham Utd
West Ham 2-1 Blackburn
15 Mar 08 |  Premier League

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