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Club form is good for country

More good news awaited England fans as Matthew Upson and Aaron Lennon turned in superb displays for their respective clubs.

More good news awaited England fans as Matthew Upson and Aaron Lennon turned in superb displays for their respective clubs. The West Ham manager Gianfranco Zola paid tribute to Upson who provided the foundation for a first league victory in eight attempts. Upson, who scored against Germany in midweek, withstood Sunderland's threat at the Stadium of Light as the Hammers won 1-0. A delighted Zola said: "I told him if I had to give him a vote one to 10, I couldn't because I would have given him 11.

"He didn't lose one challenge. He was also aware, talking, commanding the defence. He was perfect." Meanwhile, the Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp backed Lennon to force his way into Fabio Capello's England plans as the winger helped beat Blackburn 1-0. "Lennon is exciting. He carries the game forward for us." * PA Sport