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Lee Hendrie Set for Daventry Debut

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Ex-England international Lee Hendrie was awaiting international clearance before making his debut for…

…Evo-Stik League Southern Division One Central club Daventry Town in Saturday’s FA Cup tie with Blue Square Bet North side Nuneaton Town.

In January the 34-year-old former Aston Villa midfield player became the first Englishman to play in the Indonesian Premier League when signing a two-year contract with Bandune. Since returning home he has been a target for Wrexham, Luton Town, St Neots Town and Chertsey Town.

He scored twenty-seven goals in more than 250 appearances for Villa and was named the club’s young- player-of-the-year in the 1997/98 season before later enjoying spells at Sheffield United, Derby County, Stoke City, Leicester, Blackpool and Brighton.

An England under-21 international he also won one full England cap when coming on as a second half substitute for Paul Merson in the 1998 2-0 win over the Czech Republic.

A versatile midfield player Hendrie played with and against Daventry Town manager Mark Kinsella in his Villa days and the two recently linked up again when both turning out for the Villa Veterans.

Of his new signing, Kinsella said: “Lee is obviously a quality player and has kept himself fit. He has looked sharp in training, is not cup-tied and will play for us as soon as he receives international clearance from FIFA.”


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