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“Lennon drives me to despair, but he can play”
Aaron Lennon has been rewarded for his fine early season form with a call-up to Roy Hodgson’s England squad for the forthcoming World Cup qualifiers. As the Daily Mirror’s Martin Lipton explains, the Tottenham winger has always had the talent, it’s just his attitude that has sometimes been lacking.
“He’s been delivering well, he’s been driving at players, which he needs to do,” says Martin, speaking before Lennon’s call up. “He’s always had talent, but I think his attitude has sometimes been pretty woeful. His incomprehension of his duties and responsibilities as a professional footballer is, at times, something that drives me to despair, but he can play. Of that there is no doubt. And he seems to be enjoying it.”
Lennon is, of course, one half of Tottenham’s rapid right side, with full-back Kyle Walker. And Martin feels that Walker’s attacking instincts bring out the best in Lennon.
“He’s helped by the fact that you’ve also got Kyle Walker bombing on, so you’ve got two of them coming at you. And if you’re the defender and you’ve got a midfielder that doesn’t do his job [and track back], you don’t know whether to stick or twist because you’ve got them both coming. So that gives him extra space.”
Watch the full video discussion by clicking on the play button in the image above. Please note, this video was recorded before Aaron Lennon was called up to the England squad.
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