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Posted on 19 June 2006  - 12:00

Aaron Lennon has entered the Spurs record books on two fronts following his recent exploits for England.

Aaron Lennon has entered the Spurs record books on two fronts following his recent exploits for England.

The winger became the youngest ever Spur to play at a World Cup Finals tournament when he came on as a 58th minute substitute for England against Trinidad & Tobago on June 15.

Aged 19 years 60 days, Aaron shaved over three years off the previous record, held by Jimmy Greaves since 1962. Jimmy had faced Hungary at Rancagua, Chile on May 31, aged 22 years 100 days.

Welsh legend Cliff Jones had held the record prior to that, at 23 years 121 days, also against Hungary, at Sandviken, Sweden on June 8, 1958.

Paul Gascoigne now sits third in our all time list of youngest World Cup Finals players, aged 23 years 15 days when he played against the Republic of Ireland at Italia 90.

Two other players featured prior to reaching their 24th birthday; Mel Hopkins in the same fixture as Cliff aged 23 years 213 days; and Sol Campbell 23 years 270 days when facing Tunisia at France 98.

Aaron can also claim the mantle as our youngest ever England player at Full international level.

His appearance against Jamaica on June 3 ranks him as the 16th youngest England player since 1872.

The England record has been held for the last 85 years by Edmonton born local hero Jimmy Dimmock – the only man to make 400 appearances for the club and score 100 goals. Jimmy was aged 20 years 125 days when he made his England debut against Scotland on April 9, 1921.

He held the club record until October 3, 1964 when Pat Jennings won his first Full cap as a Spurs player, for Northern Ireland against England.

In recent years Jonathon Blondel and Reto Ziegler have joined the select band of teenage full internationals whilst on our books...

18 years 140 days – Jonathon Blondel for Belgium v Poland August 21, 2002.
19 years 48 days – Aaron Lennon for England v Jamaica June 3, 2006.
19 years 69 days – Reto Ziegler for Switzerland v France March 26, 2005.
19 years 113 days – Pat Jennings for Northern Ireland v England October 3, 1964.
19 years 172 days – Chris McGrath for Northern Ireland v Scotland May 11, 1974.
19 years 290 days – Jimmy Robertson for Scotland v Wales October 3, 1964.

With thanks to Club Historian Andy Porter