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SVEN ON LENNON

Posted on 9 May 2006  - 12:00

Sven Goran Eriksson said Aaron Lennon's displays in the last couple of months secured his place in England's World Cup squad.

Sven Goran Eriksson said Aaron Lennon's displays in the last couple of months secured his place in England's World Cup squad.

The winger, just 19, was named in Eriksson's 23-man party for Germany alongside Spurs team-mates Paul Robinson, Michael Carrick and Jermaine Jenas.

Aaron's season has got better and better, culminating in a nomination for the PFA Young Player of the Year Award and picking up our JSM Young Player of the Year Award.

He made 29 appearances in his first season at the Lane, starting 22 and scoring twice.

Eriksson said at his squad announcement: "Lennon has pace, beats people and is a good crosser. He is a very interesting player.

"I think during the last two, maybe three months he has really started to play good football.

"Every time we went to see him, the scouts, myself or Tord, we had good reports during the last two-and-a-half months. He's in very good shape - that's important."

Meanwhile, Eriksson explained Ledley King's exclusion from the 23 and standby list. "It's always very sad not to pick players but we have to make a decision," he said.

"When you talk about centre-halves we are very well covered so taking one half-injured when we have so many good centre-halves I don't think is a good idea. It is different with Wayne Rooney, of course."