Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Football: Lennon Backed to Earn a Call-Up; Harry Hails His Young Winger

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Football: Lennon Backed to Earn a Call-Up; Harry Hails His Young Winger

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TOTTENHAM boss Harry Redknapp says Aaron Lennon can force his way into Fabio Capello's England plans after the winger helped defeat Blackburn 1-0 at White Hart Lane, writes MIKE McGRATH.

Lennon set up Roman Pavlyuchenko's winner to lift Spurs out of the Barclays Premier League relegation zone, then his pace induced two fouls from Martin Olsson that led to the full-back getting sent off.

England boss Capello has not spoken to Redknapp about Lennon, who is behind the likes of Theo Walcott, David Beckham and Shaun Wright-Phillips in the pecking order and was playing for the Under-21s last week.

Lennon was taken to the last World Cup and then found himself out of favour, 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."

Olsson endured a miserable afternoon as it was his error that led to Lennon racing down the right in the 10th minute and squaring to Pavlyuchenko to score the only goal of the game.

Lennon was given the man-of-thematch award, then 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 performance," he said.

"But it's not just me it's everyone in general. He's given us confidence and freedom to play.

"He's given me licence 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 now."

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. …

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