Spurs winger Lennon racing ahead in race to replace England veteran Becks

17 March 2009 11:22
Aaron Lennon has been tipped for a call-up to Fabio Capello's England squad after impressing for Tottenham. The national team's Italian coach has so far resisted calling on the 21-year-old, but is now thought to be ready to audition Lennon in the search for David Beckham's long-term successor. Capello is set to name the former Leeds winger among his group to face Slovakia in a friendly on Saturday week, followed by the World Cup qualifier against Ukraine on Wednesday, April 1. Still No 1: David Beckham's England days aren't over just yet Former AC Milan and Real Madrid boss Capello, England general manager Franco Baldini and Under 21 coach Stuart Pearce were in the stands as Lennon impressed for Spurs in their 2-1 win at Aston Villa on Sunday. And The Independent reports that he is now ahead of Manchester City' s Shaun Wright-Phillips in pecking order to be Beckham's understudy. Lennon has not played for England since March last year. Capello is also considering recalling Spurs defender Jonathan Woodgate. Ledley King's performances have also caught the eye but the north London club have reportedly told the FA that restarting King's international career would not be in the player's best interests.  

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