Lennon relishing Lazio test and evoking memories of Gascoigne
10:36 GMT, 19 September 2012
Aaron Lennon has hailed the arrival of Lazio in Tottenham's opening Europa League clash which will evoke memories of midfield superstar Paul Gascoigne who famously played for both clubs.
Spurs begin their assault on Europe's second competition knowing they could have been playing Champions League football had it not been for Chelsea's stunning success in last year's competition.
But the Italian side are a huge draw for fans and arrive with a flawless record in Serie A after winning their opening three games.
Italian job! Lennon is relishing the prospect of playing Lazio
And with the likes of Miroslav Klose and Brazilian international Hernanes among their ranks, Lennon knows Spurs will have their work cut out to make a winning start in the competition.
He said: 'It's a big game against a massive club. It will be hard but we're looking forward to it.
'I think the Europa League has improved as a competition over the last few years and playing in these big games improves you as a player.'
'Gazza was an unbelievable player, one of the greatest players ever to play for Spurs and of course England,' added Lennon. 'I remember him playing for England, every time he pulled on that shirt he shone.
'He had amazing quality, such confidence on the ball and he was a matchwinner, as well as being a great personality.'
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