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LENNON ON ENGLAND

Posted on 26 May 2006  - 12:00

Aaron Lennon believes the England party must look beyond the final outcome against Belarus and take the considerable positives out of the game.

Aaron Lennon believes the England party must look beyond the final outcome against Belarus and take the considerable positives out of the game.

Not least the performance of Aaron himself who dazzled down the right flank and tormented his markers, Jermaine Jenas scored England's goal and was lively in central midfield and Michael Carrick banked another 90 minutes of international football.

There was also the return of Michael Owen, the continued emergence of Stewart Downing and the introduction of Theo Walcott.

"I think you have to look past the result," reasoned Aaron. "For me it was my first game and I think you have got to take the good things out of the game, the positives and look forward to the other friendlies coming up.

"It was good for my fitness because we've been off for a couple of weeks and it was good for me to get 90 minutes under my belt.

"I've been trying to do that for a while and have been working on my fitness, I felt quite fit and have had some good training sessions," he added, before revealing that he has settled nicely into the England group.

"I think the senior players have helped all the younger ones a lot. Everyone has mingled together and the seniors have looked after us and helped. It has been a bonding session really and good for us."