Having spent most of this season warming up the White Hart Lane bench, Jermain Defoe could have been forgiven for thinking that his chance of playing for England this summer had gone. However, he is on the plane and with Wayne Rooney suspended for the nation’s first two group matches, JD has every chance of making the starting line up.
Jermain was obviously delighted at the call but in the absence of a lot of match time, he puts a lot of the credit down to gruelling fitness regimes through the season.
“I’m delighted because I knew last summer I had a massive season coming up and I worked hard on my fitness to be as sharp as possible,” he said.
“I think that work has paid off.”
Through the January transfer window there had been rumours that Defoe was looking at a move that would give him first team football and a chance to force his way back into the England plans. He has got that slot now regardless of his time on the pitch at the Lane but with Spurs thought to be lining up another striker as well as a possible deal for Adebayor, will Jermain finally be off before the summer ends?