Aaron Lennon looks like being handed a call-up to the England squad for the qualifying clash with Croatia and in the process, will look to stake his claim for a place in the 2010 World Cup team.
The Tottenham winger has been in sparkling form in the first few weeks of the new Premier League season, starting all three games and scoring at West Ham, something which hasn’t gone unnoticed by Fabio Capello.
The Italian has been spotted at almost every Premier League ground in the last three weeks and Spurs’ good start to the campaign will have helped several of their players stake a claim for an international berth.
Jermain Defoe is a certainty to be included in the squad for the friendly with Slovenia on September 5 and the World Cup qualifier against Croatia on September 9, while Peter Crouch should also be included.
Capello is known to be a fan of another Spurs player, Tom Huddleston, who has also made an impact in Tottenham’s 100% start to the season.
But it’s Lennon who is being tipped for a recall for the Three Lions, as he looks to add to the 11 caps he has won to date, especially as the battle for the wide positions seems to be in the balance ahead of next year’s showpiece in South Africa.
Theo Walcott has previously been the first-choice down the right for Capello, but injury problems mean the Arsenal man has not played for the Gunners this season and will miss the upcoming England games.
With David Beckham still currently playing the US and looking more like a substitute option, Lennon’s main competition appears to come from Aston Villa duo James Milner and Ashley Young.