By Paul Martin
As England basked in the afterglow of Wednesday’s 5-1 Wembley whitewash of old foes Croatia, man-of-the-match Aaron Lennon was keen to dispel any notion that Fabio Capello’s troops would ease up now that qualification for World Cup 2010 was assured.
England have won eight out of eight qualifiers, scoring over 30 goals in the process, and the Tottenham Hotspur winger hopes the side can continue this scintillating form when they face Ukraine and Belarus in their final two qualifying fixtures this October.
“Yeah, definitely,” was the succinct response from Lennon, when asked by BBC Radio Five Live if England would be eager to secure a perfect ten of qualifying victories.
“We want to win every game.”
The former Leeds United man was decidedly pleased with a personal performance that saw him create the opening two goals and electrify Wembley with his pace and dribbling.
“It couldn’t have gone much better,” he admitted.
The winger was the only change from Saturday’s win over Slovenia, replacing Shaun Wright-Phillips, and Lennon felt confident he could take his fine form for Spurs onto the international stage.
“I started the season well and just tried to continue playing the way I’ve been playing for my club,” he said.
And Lennon justifiably felt pride at the comprehensive nature of England’s victory tonight, over a Croatia team who caused them such heartache in the Euro 2008 qualifying campaign.
He added: “It had everything today, we were up for it.”