Jermain Defoe burst onto the international scene with the England under 21s as a Bournemouth loanee. His fine goalscoring for the Cherries in the 2000-01 season caught the eye of then U21 boss Howard Wilkinson and Defoe went on to gain 23 caps scoring seven goals. Soon after Jermain returned to parent club West Ham and established himself in the Hammers’ line up and finished as the clubs top marksman the following year after being tipped for stardom by Harry Redknapp.
Defoe and Redknapp have become synonymous ever since, and it seems wherever ‘Arry takes over the managerial reigns, Defoe will follow him through the doors not long after. This has been the case at both Portsmouth and Tottenham Hotspur and as the little striker nears almost a decade featuring in the Premier League, his goalscoring ability ought to ensure his inclusion in England’s 23-man World Cup squad. After making his senior debut for the Three Lions in March 2004 under Eriksson’s stewardship but failed to make the cut for Germany four years ago. The speedy striker was named on a five-man standby list and even trained in Germany but returned home when Wayne Rooney was given the all clear to feature. He admitted to being baffled by his omission especially when 17 year-old Theo Walcott was considered a better option. A sense of injustice perhaps, out to prove a point this time around then Jermain?
Putting his disappointment aside, the forward continued to bag goals domestically and became a regular Steve McClaren’s England squad that failed to qualify for Euro 2008. At the start of Capello’s reign Defoe was omitted from the Italian’s first squad, citing the fact he wasn’t playing regularly for his club. This prompted the former Charlton schoolboy to move to the South Coast with Portsmouth and he was duly selected in Fabio’s next squad after scoring on his debut.
This season he returned to White Hart Lane and was on a red-hot streak before the New Year but his form faded as it drew to a close. Nevertheless, the ex-Pompey man still contributed 18 goals as Spurs finished in the Champions League places for the first time. Can he rediscover this killer instinct in front of goal in South Africa? Well, to put it frankly he may not get the chance to. Minutes on the pitch may be scarce and from the bench, as it seems highly unlikely Fabio will deploy Defoe and Rooney together. But if you do fancy Jermain to make an impact this summer, Boylesports offer the best odds at 8/1 that he finishes as our country’s top scorer. For those who believe he and Wazza can play up top together and WILL in England’s opening group game, can get 4/1 at Betfred.
Jermain Defoe Golden Boot odds
there is no doubt there are better strikers out there than Klose, but it is dangerous to underestimate his goal threat. Germany aren’t a team of individuals, but are a very effective team where Klose is a real goal poacher. Germany will also no doubtedly do well in the tournament and Klose definitely has excellent each-way claims in the Golden Boot market.
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