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NO DOUBTS FROM TOM

Posted on 5 June 2006  - 12:00

Tom Huddlestone is sure his friend and team-mate Aaron Lennon can make an impact at the World Cup.

Tom Huddlestone is sure his friend and team-mate Aaron Lennon can make an impact at the World Cup.

The lightning winger is seen by many pundits as England’s ‘secret weapon’ after such an impressive display in last week's B international against Belarus.

A first senior cap followed for the 19-year-old with a 23-minute stint as substitute in the 6-0 win against Jamaica at Old Trafford on Saturday.

Aaron flew out to Germany with the rest of the squad - including the Spurs contingent of Paul Robinson, Michael Carrick, Jermaine Jenas plus Jermain Defoe on stand-by - on Monday afternoon.

The tournament kicks-off on Friday with England’s opening match against Paraguay at 2pm on Saturday.

"Aaron's got all the credentials," said Tom. "He's exciting with the ball and at international level you need someone like that - someone who can change the game in a moment of brilliance and he's got that.â€Â

Tom underlined how it's about getting and taking your chance – his chances were limited in midfield last term – and Aaron did just that last season.

“It's about getting a break and Aaron got his when Wayne (Routledge) got injured at Portsmouth on the opening day,†added Tom.

“That was a huge misfortune for Wayne but Aaron got his chance, took it and with his performances the manager has had to leave him in the side.

“He was tremendous last season and I’m sure he’ll make the most of any chance he gets in Germany.â€Â