Former Everton striker Tony Cottee backs Aaron Lennon to end three-year England exile

The attacker has been in great form for Everton recently.

Aaron Lennon is currently in some of his best form since joining up with Everton, initially on loan last January.

He has scored three goals in his last three appearances and also netted against his former club Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League at the start of the month.

Much of his form has come from playing inside in comparison to his previous wing-play - meaning he can use his excellent pace against more central opposition - and it also prevents him from sweeping in his notoriously erratic cross.

That form has even caused whispers of a potential spot on the place for England in France this summer.

Tony Cottee, who played for Everton for six years as a player, believes that the attacker could add a much needed asset to the England team in the summer.

He told Sky Sports News earlier today (11/02/2016):

"He brings pace and I think that's the main thing.

"When we go to France in the summer the one thing we will need is pace to trouble defences.

"I always talk about the word confidence and he's got confidence at the moment. He has been given his chance and he has had to be patient. He must have been so frustrated at Spurs and it didn't quite work out for him in the end but he has gone to Everton, had his chance, and he is playing really well.

"He gives Everton a fantastic option. When you get the ball out to him he uses his pace and on his day he is a good finisher as well. If he carries on doing what he is doing he has got a great chance of making it into the squad this summer."

Lennon currently has 21 caps for his country and made his England debut nearly a decade ago against Jamaica in June 2006.

But he has not played for his nation since a friendly win against Brazil in February 2013 - an exile of three years.

He faces an uphill battle getting into the England fold but if he keeps up his current Everton form then he will not be ignored by Roy Hodgson.

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