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Walker, Lennon and Defoe in England calls!

Roy Hodgson has recalled Aaron Lennon to the England squad to face San Marino and Poland in the next round of World Cup qualifiers.

Lennon joins Jermain Defoe and Kyle Walker in Hodgson's twenty-five man squad, though it will effectively be 23, with Steven Gerrard and Glen Johnson both being suspended for next Fridays game against San Marino. Lennon hasn't featured for England since the 2010 World Cup, but the mix of his own return to form and fitness, and the opposite for a few of his rivals, make's for a welcome international return for Lennon, though he faces a tough battle to get a game, with James Milner, Theo Walcott, Adam Johnson and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain all probably ahead of him in the current pecking order.

Yesterday we saw, Steven Caulker, Adam Smith, Danny Rose and a first call for Andros Townsend for the U-21s and their play-off double headed against Serbia, and we would have expected harry Kane to boost the Spurs number, should he have not been injured.

Some speculated that Michael Dawson could have made a surprise return to the England squad following the retirement of John Terry, but Hodgson has opted for Stoke's Ryan Shawcross, which seems sensible considering Daws has only faced Carlisle and a couple of minutes against Man Utd at the weekend, which is hardly enough to justify his selection over Shawcross, though it has to be said the options were rather limited...




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Writer: OxfordSpur Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday October 4 2012

Time: 1:14PM

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Well done Aaron Lennon and andros Townsend!!!
oxfordspur
Well they may have got the England call up but isn't it funny that Tim Howard and our own Hugo Lloris feature in the world's top 20 goalkeepers (according to the Telegraph) but Brad Friedel doesn't. Hmm seems to back up what I and a lot of others are saying, he just isn't up to the job of being a top level 'keeper any more. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/football/picturegalleries/9586283/Top-20-best-goalkeepers-in-the-world-in-pictures.html?frame=2359651
chrishove123
Lennon and Defoe have improved markedly under AVB. Always rated Lennon but he's and Defoe's running off the ball have given them another dimension.
SpurBRE
Unleash Lennon on San Marino - he should cause havoc. Rest the other RMs for Poland.
TonyRich
lennon is still one dimensial townsend excites me more!
redknappslayer
chrishove123 - Friedel has been one of our best players so far this season... You are reading too much into that list.
TonyRich
I agree with chrishove123, Friedel had been just a decent keeper, made routine saves, but cannot make extraordinary saves. Against Man U, the near post concede of Nani Lloris would have saved, second goal should have come off the line earlier. Getting caught positioning by Reading's goal enhanced the fact Lloris is already a better keeper than Friedel was.
what_sux
all the best just don't get hurt...
SpursWho
If Friedel is good, so why does he not get called up for ingerland? His far better then Joe Hart:-)
spu 4 life
what_sux - one appearance in a Spurs shirt cannot convince anyone that Lloris can hack English football....Especially since that app was against an Italian team... The Nani goal was incredibly difficult to save. The saves Friedel made vs Norwich were amazing - in a game we should have lost. The keeper scenario is a far less concern than us looking like the away team when at home.
TonyRich
spu 4 life because he is American not English. LOL
chrishove123
Fair play lads, stay injury free and keep it up! COYS.
SpursOne2
spu 4 life - plus he is 41! He was the US keeper for a long time. This is probably his last season anyway. Let him play and prove himself, Lloris will move into his place in due course.
TonyRich
It's great for the players involved, to be in any national side at what ever level, that's part of a footballers dream, but for me i could not give a flying what's it, all i hope is none of them get injured, always my biggest fear, play walnut, ox-tail-soup-chambers, let them get hurt instead of spurs players etc..
spu 4 life
Freidel's a yank, bloody hell, next your be telling me Dempsey is as well, i mean come on guys, what's that all about? i thought Dempsey and Friedel had a slight scouse accent....
spu 4 life
TonyRich He is a capable 'keeper who can make the saves that every 'keeper of his standard can make, BUT he can't make the extraordinary saves that a GREAT 'keeper can make. he has never (IMHO) been as good as the great Pat Jennings who was able make saves catching a ball one handed he was also one hell of a lot braver than BF. That isn't to say BF hasn't served us well, it's just that I don't feel he is up to the job any more. He refuses to command his area and puts us under undue presure because the ball is hoofed out when there is no player to collect it apart from the opposing player and they just bring it straight back into attack. Point of proof was against Manure. If he had commanded his box and collected the ball when he should have, then he could have slowed the game down and broken up the momentum that Manure built. THAT is also a major part of goalkeeping nowadays. and his distribution often leaves a lot to be desired. I'm afraid he is just not good enough to play at this level any more.
chrishove123
That's why AVB said at training ref Friedel, ''He spends ages in the *****e house, he thinks his president of the USA''
spu 4 life
TonyRich - Of course one appearance for Lloris cannot convince he can hack English football. Nani goal is not difficult to save, it's near post, medium difficulty in my opinion. The saves made vs Norwich are overrated, decent, because they are to his AOE, if you notice carefully, Friedel seldom made flying save, diving save or penalty save, he only made blocks and catch. I am not saying he is a bad keeper, I just mean he is not stronger than Lloris.
what_sux
shi7e house
spu 4 life
lol spu 4 life, you are in good mood today is it? :)
what_sux
Whatever happens all our players must start against San Marino as this is one of the easiest chances to impress!
spursnoob
All these weaknesses mentioned about Friedel, like not coming off his line, distribution ect, have been with him for years, its not something that has just happened in the last 6 months. Every single time a goal is scored, people assume another GK would have saved it by default, as if BF hasnt faced a single shot this season that was unstoppable. Every time he makes a save, people go on about how routine the save was, whether it was or it wasnt. He can't win either way. Nobody mentions the fact that nothing slips out of his hands and how great his handling is in general. Nobody seems to notice that he will rarely parry a shot back into the danger zone, as Lindegaard did against us at OT when Dempsey scored. The point im making is, BF isnt perfect and has weaknesses (and strengths) that have been with him throughout his career, but he isnt having as much of a negative impact on our game as people are suggesting, not even close. Some have pointed the finger at him for pretty much EVERY single goal we've conceded this season, thats just unreasonably biased. Thats like saying if another GK was between the sticks, we wouldnt have conceded any goals this season.
Guyver
Guyver its a handfull of people on this site; 99.999% of the spurs faithfull i am sure appreciate Friedel
JattYid
i believe if he stays injury free lennon will score more goals then ever under AVB. against united he was much more direct, clearly they are working on that. when he just ran straight towards goal the united defence just shaat themselves, he got past about four of them before they managed to block his shot. exciting stuff. lennon is actually quite a good shooter too, the goals he has scored tend to be very well placed. before injuries and harry completely screwing him over, he was one of the very best wingers in the league and he is still young. under AVB he will really develop
Guernman
spu 4 life Well you did ask why he wasn't playing for England didn't you! And Guyver he does drop the ball. He let one spill out of his arms against utd, I think it was which he should have caught, so you are just as bad as those who say he should have saved everything by saying he never drops anything. I am also saying that Lloris is a much stronger and more experienced at the top level that Friedel and is still playing at the top level as a France international.
chrishove123
chrishove123, when I say never, obviously I don't mean literally never, but his handling is generally good. I havent seen him make mistake like lloris just did against Panathinaikos.
Guyver
My point isnt that Friedel is better than Lloris, but that people are wildly exaggerating the negative impact Friedel supposedly has on the team, by going on and on ad nauseam with bias, distorted claims.
Guyver
Guyver, he does not have negative impact to the team, but his ability is and never be better than Lloris. Yes, he made that mistake, but Nani goal? Reading goal? Kagawa goal? All could have save it if he is a bit better, just a bit better in positioning, reflexes, quickness in closing down.
what_sux
I disagree what_sux, I don't think we'd have kept a clean sheet at OT with Lloris in goal, which is essentially what you are saying. Thats what I mean by bias. Also what would you have said if BF dropped the ball like that? Simple mistake yes, but you'd have gone in a little harder than you did with Lloris.
Guyver
I agree with Lloris we might not have kept a clean sheet, but with Lloris, we could have easily kept a clean sheet against Reading and WBA. If you say me bias towards Friedel, look at you, you are also biased. It's no wonder neutral papers rate Lloris as top 20 keeper and Friedel nowhere near. A small mistake and you pick Lloris, wait till he played 20 games, and see whether he make the same mistake over and over again. Friedel never saved a penalty for years, fact. Friedel seldom makes diving, super save, he only make blocks and catch that are in his AOE, and that is based from more than a season of performances.
what_sux
Don't see where ive been bias to be honest. All im saying is people such as yourself go OTT on BF, every game, every goal conceded, every small error made. He's conceded less goals from open play than Man Utd and Man City's GK's.
Guyver
Friedel concede less goal from open play than Hart and De Gea / Lindegard from open play? Where you get this info, and is that this season only, or last season for 38 games? I can admit I am biased a bit to Lloris, but that is a clear bias for Friedel, Hart and De Gea concede less goals than Friedel throughout last year 38 games.
what_sux
This season obviously. The claim is that BF is having a significant detrimental impact on our game, im saying that claim is exaggerated.
Guyver
Don't lie, what would you say if BF just conceded that goal against Panathinaikos? imo nothing Lloris could do about it, but you'd have killed BF anyway because that was similar to Kagawa goal.
Guyver
What could Lloris have done? It is nearer the penalty box and Dawson is outpaced and mistimed his tackle. If you cannot see your own bias, I have nothing to say, but I am sure you will be happier if Friedel keeps playing for the next couple of years and Lloris leaves for our main rivals.
what_sux
lol i just said there was nothing Lloris could have done to save that shot, how is that bias??? Im just saying it was similar to the Kagawa goal that you criticised BF for.. very close range effort that went straight into the corner.
Guyver
Walker has been horrendous for all of this season and much of last. Starting to get worried about him.
spurdon
The fact that Jonjo Shelvey has been called up demands a public inquiry.
spurdon
 

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