Lennon can be 'world beater' says Lampard

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Frank Lampard is backing new England hero Aaron Lennon to be "a world beater" after he played a major role in the win over Croatia which clinched a spot at the 2010 World Cup.

Lennon has started the season in fine form for Tottenham and he continued in that vein as England won 5-1 at Wembley to book their place in South Africa next summer.

The right-winger played a major role in the opening two goals for Lampard and Steven Gerrard and was a constant threat before leaving the pitch to a standing ovation in the final minutes.

And the 22-year-old capped the night by being voted man of the match by the England fans present at the game.

Lampard said: "I think Aaron is a fantastic player. He can be as good as he wants to be. He can be an absolute world beater.

"When he plays like he did in that game, no-one can touch him and we are fortunate that we have got a few players with that same sort of ability.

"You can't beat having pace and people who can beat people like Aaron did on this occasion."

Skipper John Terry believes Lennon, recalled to the starting line-up after a four-game absence, has done enough already to be on the plane to the finals.

He said: "It is great someone like Aaron, who is playing well at club level, can come in and make an impact.

"With us qualified now, that's a chance for people like Aaron to come on and make an impact.

"He certainly did that against Croatia. He was voted man of the match by the fans and that will give him a great boost.

"He did awfully well going forward but the defensive side of it was good as well.

"He helped Glen Johnson, kept tracking back and kept their left-back, who posed a big threat before, where we wanted him."

Lennon said he was in the form of his life.

He said: "It's still early doors but hopefully I can maintain the way I've been playing and you never know.

"I'm just going to concentrate on playing well for Spurs and hopefully I'll get in there.

"I do think I'm in the form of my life. I've continued on from last season. A lot of it is down to fitness and working hard and hopefully I can continue it."

Lennon added: "My game is to try to get into the full-back as much as I possibly can. We got the ball out wide a lot, but the whole team was brilliant.

"I'm trying to mix my game up, that's the thing I think I've been improving. As I've got older I've played more games, I've got more consistent and today it came off for me."

"It was only my third start for England and I didn't know the team until quite late. But I prepared for it like any other game. If you get the nod you have to be ready to play."

Lennon is confident England can win all 10 of their qualifiers.

He said: "We want to win every game and do not want to come out of this run.

"Winning games is a great feeling, and we want to continue to win all the games in the group - and I do not see why we cannot do that."

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