Lennon leaves England squad

The winger had been pencilled in for a starting slot in the

friendly with Ghana at Wembley on Tuesday night. However, Lennon

felt some discomfort after Monday’s training session and rather

than take any risks, Fabio Capello has allowed him to return to

Spurs. It is not anticipated Lennon will have to miss Tottenham’s

Premier League clash with Wigan at the DW Stadium on Saturday.

However, after releasing five senior players on Sunday, Capello was

only being consistent in his handling of Lennon, whose side tackle

Real Madrid in the Champions League a week tomorrow. The Football

Association have confirmed there will be no replacement called into

the Three Lions squad. It leaves 19 players from Capello’s original

26-man party and heightens the chances of Wolves winger Matt Jarvis

making his international debut tomorrow night. England do have

options for the wide slots, including Stewart Downing, Ashley Young

and James Milner. However, whilst most of Jarvis’ appearances this

term have been on the left wing, he is capable of starring on the

right as well.