“I knew Harry would score,” words courtesy of Jermain Defoe, the last Spurs player to score for England at the World Cup before Harry’s double secured a 2-1 win against Tunisia on Monday.
Defoe scored 143 goals in 363 appearances over two spells between 2004-2014.
He was in the England squad for the World Cup in 2010 when his goal against Slovenia secured a place in the knockout stage after being Third in the group and two points behind Slovenia at start of play after draws against the USA and Algeria.
The 35 year old, now plying his trade in the Premier League at Bournemouth, knows Harry well after keeping a close eye on his progress through the Academy. Defoe was playing the day Harry scored his first Spurs goal in the Europa League at Shamrock Rovers back in December, 2011.
“All Harry wants to do is score goals and that’s why I love him so much, because I’m exactly the same,” Jermain told the club website. “I had a great time at Spurs, left and now you have someone with exactly the same mentality, not just in games, but in terms of family around him, lifestyle…he just wants to play football, score goals and he lives his life the right way. If you do that and have his ability, you can only do well.
Defoe added: “Once again, when he was needed, he stepped up. I wasn’t surprised and I doubt anyone else was surprised that he did it again. Hopefully now the whole team will take confidence from that and take it into the next game. That’s most important.”
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