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English Premier League: Redknapp Tips Lennon To Star For England

Posted on: November 25, 2008

Lennon was voted Man-of-the-Match against Blackburn on Sunday.

LONDON: Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp has told Fabio Capello that Aaron Lennon deserves a chance to shine for England after the winger inspired his side’s 1-0 win over Blackburn.

Lennon was a constant problem for the Blackburn defence at White Hart Lane on Sunday and he set up Roman Pavlyuchenko’s first half winner before inducing two fouls that led to Blackburn defender Martin Olsson’s dismissal.

With Theo Walcott out for at least three months after shoulder surgery and David Beckham increasingly marginalised, there is a vacancy on the right flank for England that Redknapp believes Lennon can fill.

Lennon has fallen out of favour at senior international level since going to the 2006World Cup and England coach Capello hasn’t asked Redknapp about the former Leeds star’s form.

But Redknapp said: “If he starts seeing him play like that he’ll put himself in the picture again.

“I’ve had Walcott (at Southampton).

Walcott is young but so is Lennon. He’s 21, only a kid. There is nothing to stop him because there are not many wingers around who can do what he does.

“Lennon is exciting. He carries the game forward for us. He was the wonderkid at the last World Cup, then he was off the radar and not getting a game here. I think his confidence is coming back.” Lennon, who was voted Man-of-the-Match on Sunday, thanked Redknapp for giving him confidence since taking over from Juande Ramos as boss.

“I’ve been getting better and better since the new boss has come in and this was probably my best perfor mance,” he said.

“He’s given me license to get at people and that’s my game really.

It’s been a hard start to the season and now we’re glad to get out of (the bottom three) again. Hopefully, we can carry on and push up the table n ow. ” The result meant mixed emotions for Blackburn goalkeeper Paul Robinson, who was given a warm reception on his return to Spurs after leaving in the summer

New Straits Times

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