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When will these Defoe fears disappear?

Posted on October 05, 2013 by Random Spurs Supporter

Again the same articles continue to be flogged regarding Jermain Defoe’s fears that he will not be chosen for England duty or be chosen to travel to next years World Cup unless he is playing regular Premier League football for his club. With seven goals in just four starts in Europe and the cups he is continuing to make his mark and while he is doing that he will continue to be chosen for an England team lacking a striker like him. To be perfectly honest can england afford not to take Defoe who probably has the best striking record of any other current England player, boasting 19 goals in 54 appearances, most of them as a substitute.

Defoe has pretty much been an ever present in the squad for years now, considering that he has not been the first choice striker in the Tottenham team for the past four years or so it has seemingly had little bearing on his being able to retain his position in the England squad thus far, a position that is hardly likely to change now that he is scoring regularly in various competitions.

There is no doubting the fact that Defoe would like to be starting more games but there is no guarantee that he will be able to transfer his goalscoring form against lesser teams into the Premier League. At the moment Roberto Soldado is the striker that offers most to the team as a whole, there will be times when Defoe will be brought on or even start games if the need arises and he must ensure that he is ready and takes any opportunity that comes his way.

As things stand Defoe is and will remain an important part of Roy Hodgson’s England setup and will travel to Brazil with them if fit and his form continues, some might say that he is now becoming a super-sub and would be perfect for England right now, a player able to make a difference from the bench or in one off fixtures rather than first choice striker.

Defoe has never been a regular England starter and has less chance now than at any time in the past, the current formation calls for a lone striker and JD is unlikely to be able to bring a sufficient ┬áphysical presence to perform the role at international level, if it’s another striker or something different to chase a game or when a goal is needed Defoe is your man and for that reason he will go to the ball.



5 to “When will these Defoe fears disappear?”

  1. eric says:

    1)Close to half of his goals have come in cup games

    2)8 years and he still isn’t the prime striker and has never had a 20+ goals season

    3)In his first 50 games for England he never completed 90 minutes in any game with 32 of those games as a substitute

    4)Yes he’s good but he isn’t good enough to lead the line or else someone out of the top clubs would have inquired

    He’s a decent back up for league games and a definite starter for cup games.At his age I feel its the right setting,a bit similar to Chicharito.He’s not bad but not good enough at the same time too so when there is someone out the better I see no harm in using that option,would love to keep him but with the progress we are making n his demand I see him leaving soon

    • Tony says:

      My feelings as well, just getting fed up with all the drip drip drip to the papers.never going to be a starter at a top club unless the 4 4 2 formation comes back into fashion. Maybe it is being set up for him to leave in January.

  2. eddie says:

    Can’t agree about Chicharito,he’s an excellent striker.His main problem is finding himself behind v.Persie and Rooney,although he seems to have a roving role.
    If there were any truth in the rumours that surfaced towards the end of the transfer window,I would have loved him to come to the Lane.Sadly he doesn’t get a start in what is currently a misfiring Utd.side.Moyes appears not to fancy him.
    I could see him finally looking to move after this season and think we should go for him.Having said that our existing strikers need better service from out wide,as we appear too narrow through most of the games.

  3. Eric says:

    Hey eddie I meant there are similar in terms of the chances they get and not their quality and yes I would love him at the lane too

  4. lou says:

    wouldn’t mind seeing him down the lane as he would fit right in, quick and a real poacher.defoe hasn’t been an established striker for Tottenham in years or England ever, time to accept the fact he’s a decent striker but has never been a 20 goal man even though he threatens to before falling short.

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