Youth duo earn England call
By Tom Adams
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Aaron Lennon and Cameron Jerome have been added to England's Under-21 squad.Tottenham winger Aaron Lennon and Cardiff hot-shot Cameron Jerome have both been added to the England Under-21 squad for the qualifying double header against Austria and Poland.
Boss Peter Taylor has already seen his team qualify for the play-offs and has opted to take the chance to blood the two new faces with the game against Austria fast approaching at Elland Road on Friday night.
Lennon (pictured) makes the step up after representing England at Under-16, Under-17 and Under-19 level, and his inclusion is a marker of his progression at White Hart Lane this season.
The 18-year-old made the move from Leeds over the summer to join the swelled ranks in North London, but distinguished himself with a number of fine performances and has drawn praise from boss Martin Jol.
Joining Lennon in the Under-21 setup, along with Spurs team-mates Tom Huddlestone, Michael Dawson and Calum Davenport, will be Cardiff striker Jerome after he set The Championship alight with seven goals in 11 games.
The confident 18-year-old, who will face competition from Luke Moore, Jon Stead and Carlton Cole in Taylor's squad, insisted he was not surprised at receiving the international recognition.
"I thought the call would come," Jerome told Cardiff's official website. "I am playing at a good level with Cardiff and I score goals."