THFC'S YOUNGEST INTERNATIONALS
Aaron Lennon is the youngest ever Spur player to take part at a World Cup Finals tournament when he came on as a 58th
minute substitute for England against Trinidad & Tobago on
June 15 2006.
Aged 19 years 60 days, Aaron took the
previous record off Jimmy Greaves who played against Hungary
at Rancagua, Chile on 31st May 1962, aged 22 years 100 days.
Welsh legend Cliff Jones had held the
record prior to that, at 23 years 121 days, also against
Hungary, at Sandviken, Sweden on 8th June 1958.
Paul Gascoigne now sits third in our
all time list of youngest World Cup Finals players, aged 23
years 15 days when he played against the Republic of
Ireland at Italia 90.
Two other players featured prior to
reaching their 24th birthday; Mel Hopkins in the same fixture
as Cliff aged 23 years 213 days; and Sol Campbell 23 years 270
days when facing Tunisia at France 98.
Aaron can also claim the mantle as
our youngest ever England player at full international level
as his appearance against Jamaica on 3rd June 2006 ranks him
as the 16th youngest ever England player since 1872.
The record as England's youngest Spur
has been held for a long time by Jimmy Dimmock who
was 20 years 125 days when he made his England debut on 9th
April 1921 against Scotland.
He held the club record until 3rd
October 1964 when Pat Jennings won his first Full cap as a
Spurs player, for Northern Ireland against England.
England was the youngest captain Wales had appointed at the time, aged
just 22 years and 135 days, for a Home International against Northern
Ireland on 15th April 1964 at the Vetch Field, Swansea.
Other teenage international Spurs are
18 years 140 days – Jonathon Blondel
for Belgium v Poland 21st August 2002.
19 years 48 days – Aaron Lennon for England v Jamaica 3rd June
19 years 69 days – Reto Ziegler for Switzerland v France
26th March 2005.
19 years 113 days – Pat Jennings for Northern Ireland v
England 3rd October 1964.
19 years 172 days – Chris McGrath for Northern Ireland v
Scotland 11th May 1974.
19 years 290 days – Jimmy Robertson for Scotland v Wales 3rd