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'Azza' shines as England seal qualification

Posted on 10 September 2009  - 12:00

Aaron Lennon played a starring role as England booked their place at the 2010 World Cup Finals with a 5-1 qualifying win over Croatia at Wembley.    

'Azza' shines as England seal qualification

Aaron Lennon played a starring role as England booked their place at the 2010 World Cup Finals with a 5-1 qualifying win over Croatia at Wembley.

The winger won an early penalty that Frank Lampard converted to get Fabio Capello's side off the mark, before crossing for Steven Gerrard to make it 2-0 in 16 minutes.

Every time Aaron received the ball he looked a threat, and he was awarded Man of the Match as a result.

For him, the performance marked a continuation of the good work he has been putting in for his club at the start of the current campaign.

"I have started the season well and just tried to carry on what I had been doing at Spurs for England," said Aaron.

"Luckily for me, it went my way and I did quite well. My game is to try to get into the full-back as much as I possibly can.

"We got the ball out wide a lot but the whole team was brilliant. We want to win every game and do not want to come out of this run."

Although qualification for South Africa has now been sealed, Aaron knows the Three Lions must look to keep the momentum and their 100 per cent record going ahead of the Finals with two Group games remaining.

"Winning games is a great feeling and we want to continue to win all the games in the group and I do not see why we cannot do that."

Jermain Defoe also featured in Wednesday night's victory, coming off the bench just before the hour mark to win his 37th cap.