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Published: 13:49 | 7/2/16

Martinez backs Lennon England recall

Hails influence of invaluable player

Everton manager Roberto Martinez feels England could benefit from the talents of Aaron Lennon at Euro 2016.

The Toffees boss was speaking after his side breezed past Stoke 3-0 at the Britannia Stadium, a match which was also watched by England manager Roy Hodgson.

Lennon netted the third goal to score in three successive games for the first time in his career.

Asked afterwards whether or not he felt the winger deserved a recall to the England squad, Martinez said: "Obviously it is not down to me. But I get the opportunity to work with Aaron day in, day out, and he is such an important player.

"We all know the quality he brings - the pace, the one v one ability, the work-rate, the understanding - and that experience he has is invaluable.

"There are other players in that position, but I think he is showing he can be of incredible value to any squad, and clearly for his national team, he could be a real help."

Also on the scoresheet for the Toffees was Romelu Lukaku who took his tally to 20 for the season in all competitions, the second campaign in succession that the Belgian international has hit the 20 goal mark.

"He has had injury problems but he doesn't want to miss games," Martinez added.

"He only managed to train on Friday slightly but the moment he felt he could walk freely he wanted to be available. It shows the incredible, strong personality he has.

"You run out of compliments you can pay to Rom.

"He lives for the game. He is an old-fashioned footballer, at the age of only 22.

"He just comes in and wants to work on his game constantly. He is a goalscorer who is obsessed with finishing quality."


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