Everton boss Roberto Martinez believes competition for places has re-ignited Aaron Lennon’s chances of an England recall.
The 28-year-old has scored in his last three matches, the first time in his career he has achieved that, and is arguably in his best form for a couple of years having fallen out of favour at former club Tottenham before his move to Goodison Park.
Lennon has not played for England for three years but seeing team-mate Tom Cleverley, who last featured for the international side in November 2013, join Everton colleagues Phil Jagielka, John Stones, Leighton Baines and Ross Barkley at Thursday’s England get-together at St George’s Park has provided extra incentive.
“Lennon has not been invited so five out of those six is not bad,” said Martinez.
“He was the last winger to arrive [at the club]; Aiden McGeady was in front of him and Gerard Deulofeu started this season really sharply and the competition on that right side was really strong.
“Aaron is a very proud man and he will be very proud of representing England again but I don’t think that was the drive for him reaching the level he has.
“I think the drive was to try to earn a place in the team and clearly he has given a lesson to everyone with how to behave in that role.
“He is a winger with a lot of experience and has the quality to get away from defenders but his defensive qualities are very strong.
“He will be ready if he needs to help England but at the moment he needs to concentrate on keeping the level of his performances he has shown in the last three games which has been the best consistent form he has had at Everton.”