Capello hails "fantastic" Lennon

LONDON - England manager Fabio Capello hailed winger Aaron Lennon's display after Wednesday's 5-1 victory over Croatia helped secure a place at next year's World Cup finals.

"He has been fantastic. We need a player like him. It is not easy to stop him one-to-one," Capello told reporters after the Group Six win.

Lennon continued his impressive start to the season for Premier League club Tottenham Hotspur with a man-of-the-match display down England's right side of midfield.

The speedy 22-year-old, who is vying for a wide starting berth with Theo Walcott, David Beckham and Shaun Wright-Phillips, won a penalty for England's first goal before a great cross set-up Steven Gerrard for a second.

"In my mind Aaron Lennon was always going to be in the first XI against Croatia," Capello added.

"I saw him in the last game for Tottenham against Birmingham. I also saw him training this week."