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Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2009

Lennon, Crouch back for England

MANCHESTER, England (AP) Tottenham players Aaron Lennon and Peter Crouch returned to the England squad Sunday, but manager Fabio Capello again overlooked striker Michael Owen for the upcoming World Cup qualifier against Croatia.

After impressing for Tottenham in the opening weeks of the season, Lennon is set to be given a chance in Saturday's friendly against Belarus to stake his claim for a starting spot on the right flank against Croatia the following Wednesday.

England would qualify for the World Cup in South Africa next June if it makes it eight wins from eight Group 6 matches against Croatia at Wembley.

Capello has been impressed by the speed and shooting proficiency of the 22-year-old Lennon, who last played in the victories over Slovakia in March and Ukraine in April.

Crouch was left out of the squad for last month's 2-2 friendly draw with the Netherlands, but returns after scoring his first goal for new club Spurs in a 2-1 win over Birmingham on Saturday.

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