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Aaron Lennon

Aaron Justin Lennon (born 16 April 1987) is an English people association football who plays as a Midfielder Winger for Tottenham Hotspur F.C. in the Premier League and the England national football team.

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Aaron Lennon biography


Aaron Justin Lennon (born 16 April 1987) is an English people association football who plays as a Midfielder Winger for Tottenham Hotspur F.C. in the Premier League and the England national football team.

Early life

Lennon is mixed race coming from a Jamaican father and English/Irish mother .Aaron Lennon has one older brother and a younger sister and brother. Aaron Lennon attended City of Leeds high school, but then attended Boston Spa School due to the fact that the school was closer to Thorp Arch (training ground) so it was easier for Aaron Lennon to focus on both GSCE'S and Aaron Lennon football career. Aaron Lennon was first spotted by scouts when Aaron Lennon was eight years old; Aaron Lennon older brother Anthony played for Manchester United's youth team.

Club career

Leeds United

In 2001, Lennon became a member of the Leeds United A.F.C. Reserves and Youth Team. Two years later Aaron Lennon began Aaron Lennon professional career at Leeds United A.F.C., where Aaron Lennon became the youngest player to appear in the Premier League at the age of 16 years and 129 days, coming off the bench at White Hart Lane against Tottenham Hotspur F.C. in a 2–1 loss in August 2003.

In 2001, Aaron Lennon set a record as the youngest player ever to have Aaron Lennon boots sponsored when Aaron Lennon signed up with Adidas at the age of just 14. Lennon scored Aaron Lennon only goal for Leeds against Sunderland A.F.C. on Boxing Day 2004 during a 3–2 win. Lennon had been a regular on the bench up until that point, but when John Oster was sacked Lennon took Aaron Lennon place and never looked back and became a regular starter after that point. Aaron Lennon pace and skills on the wing excited Leeds fans, and Aaron Lennon was one of the star performers in Leeds' first season in the Championship under the management of Kevin Blackwell with Aaron Lennon performances earning rave reviews.

Aaron Lennon last involvement at Leeds was playing and scoring in Lucas Radebe's testimonial. With Leeds' financial problems Lennon was sold to Spurs for a heavily reduced fee, with a sell on clause inserted into the deal.

Tottenham Hotspur

With Leeds suffering financial difficulties, Lennon made a Pound sterling1 million move to Tottenham Hotspur F.C. on 15 June 2005. Aaron Lennon Spurs debut came a couple of months later in an August defeat against Chelsea F.C.. On 18 March 2006, Lennon scored Aaron Lennon first Premier League goal in Tottenham's 2–0 victory over Birmingham City F.C. at St Andrew's (stadium).

Aaron Lennon was nominated by fellow Premiership players for the Professional Footballers' Association Young Player of the Year for the 2005-06 in English football season, and subsequently again in the 2006-07 in English football season. The awards ultimately went to Wayne Rooney, and to Cristiano Ronaldo of Manchester United F.C..

Lennon signed a new 5½ year deal with Tottenham on 8 January 2007, which will keep Aaron Lennon at the club until 2012. Aaron Lennon signed an improved deal in March 2009 which contracts Aaron Lennon to Spurs until 2014. For the third successive year, in the 2008–09 in English football season, Aaron Lennon was nominated for the Professional Footballers' Association Young Player of the Year. The award was ultimately awarded to Aston Villa F.C.'s Ashley Young. Lennon also won both the Tottenham Hotspur 'Player of the Season' and the 'Young Player of the Season' award in the 2008–09 season.

The winger was named the supporters' Player of the Season for 2008–09. Aaron Lennon terrorised left-backs up and down the country during Aaron Lennon 47 games in all competitions, earning a new five-year contract at the Club in March 2009 as well as a recall to the England senior squad the same week. Aaron also scored five goals during the campaign. It was a season of transition for Spurs, whose manager Juande Ramos was sacked in late October after a terrible start to the season to be replaced by Harry Redknapp, who steered them to a secure an 8th place finish and also to the 2009 Football League Cup Final of the Football League Cup, which they lost on penalties to Manchester United F.C. after a goalless draw at Wembley Stadium. On 28 October 2008, Lennon scored a last gasp equaliser in a memorable clash against North London rivals Arsenal, which ended 4-4 and was Harry Redknapp's first game in charge.

Aaron Lennon goals early in the Premier League 2009-10 season – against West Ham United F.C. at Boleyn Ground, and Birmingham City F.C. – kept Tottenham at the top of the league table, with four successive wins, their best start to a league season since the 1960–61 in English football season.

On 24 October 2009, Lennon was injured in a match against Stoke City, Tottenham were consequently reduced to ten men as manager Harry Redknapp had used all three available substitutes. However Aaron Lennon returned on November 22 in a 9–1 victory against Wigan Athletic. Aaron Lennon provided three assists and scored one goal. Aaron Lennon was substituted in the 79th minute for David Bentley receiving a standing ovation from the fans at White Hart Lane.

The Tottenham winger suffered a groin injury in December 2009, against West Ham United, which kept Aaron Lennon out of the team during the first months of 2010 and in the run up to the 2010 World Cup. Aaron Lennon made Aaron Lennon return from the groin injury in a 3–1 defeat against Manchester United at Old Trafford on 24 April.

On 28 November 2010, Aaron Lennon scored a last minute winner in a 2–1 victory against Liverpool at White Hart Lane after a Benoît Assou-Ekotto long ball. On 15 February 2011, Lennon went on a blistering run as Tottenham counter-attacked and then delivered a perfect pass to assist Peter Crouch in a 1-0 win over AC Milan at the San Siro in the Round of 16 of the Champions league.

On 18 August 2011 Lennon scored in a 5-0 win against Heart of Midlothian F.C. in a Europa League play-offs. Aaron Lennon scored Aaron Lennon first Premier League goal of the season against Fulham F.C. at Craven Cottage. On December Aaron Lennon scored Aaron Lennon second goal of the season in a 3-0 win against Bolton Wanderers F.C. at White Hart Lane. Aaron Lennon next goal came on 11 January 2012 in a 2-0 home win against Everton F.C..

International career

Lennon was called up to the England national under-21 football team team for the first time in October 2005 and on 8 May 2006, Aaron Lennon was picked in England national football team's 2006 FIFA World Cup squad, despite being only 19 years of age and uncapped at senior level.

Aaron Lennon was named Man of the match in the England B national football team match with Belarus national football team on 25 May 2006 in England's World Cup warm-up match at the Madejski Stadium in Reading, Berkshire, which ultimately England B lost 2–1. Aaron Lennon made Aaron Lennon full England debut as a second-half substitute in the 6–0 win over Jamaica national football team on 2 June.

Lennon came on as a substitute for England in their second group stage game of World Cup 2006 (his first World Cup finals appearance) against Trinidad and Tobago national football team. England scored twice following Aaron Lennon and Wayne Rooney's arrival on the field, winning the game 2–0. There were some suggestions amongst fans for Aaron Lennon to replace David Beckham on the right side of midfield.
Lennon then played in the quarter-final match against Portugal national football team, coming on as a substitute for the injured Beckham. Lennon was then himself substituted for Jamie Carragher immediately prior to a penalty shootout, in which England lost.

Lennon also came on as a substitute against Andorra national football team during a UEFA Euro qualifier and made an instant impact by assisting Peter Crouch's second goal after receiving the ball for the first time.

Lennon made Aaron Lennon first start for England against Israel national football team in a UEFA Euro 2008 qualifying Group E on 24 March 2007 and four days later, Aaron Lennon was again selected in the first XI against Andorra national football team. This proved to be Lennon's last appearance for exactly two years as it wasn't until 28 March 2009 that Aaron Lennon was selected again by England, starting in a friendly match with Slovakia national football team at Wembley Stadium. Lennon started again for England when they played Ukraine national football team on 1 April 2009 at Wembley Stadium, although Lennon was substituted in both games for Beckham.

Aaron Lennon was called up for the friendly against Slovenia national football team and the 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification (UEFA) Group 6 versus Croatia national football team, following Aaron Lennon fine form for Tottenham, and was named Nationwide Man of the match for the 5–1 win over Croatia.

Lennon made it into the final 23-man squad with England for the 2010 FIFA World Cup. Lennon started for England in the opening two fixtures in England's World Cup campaign; in the 1–1 between the USA and in the 0–0 draw with Algeria.

Personal Life

Aaron's granddad was a county 400 metres hurdle champion, and Aaron Lennon cousin Leigh Lennon has represented England in the Commonwealth Junior Championship, and runs for Newham and Essex Beagles/Ribble Valley as an 800 metres runner. Aaron Lennon other cousin, Ben Lennon, is a rifleman in the British Army.

Style of play

ESPN Soccernet considers Lennon an incredibly quick player and one of the fastest in the Premier League, with excellent skill on the ball and a keen eye for a pass.

Reference: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aaron_Lennon

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