Defoe: I don’t know if I’ve done enough


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Jermain Defoe won’t predict whether he has forced his way into England’s starting line-up.

The Spurs striker scored England’s opening goal in their 3-0 win over the Platinum Stars in their final warm-up game on Monday.

Defoe said: “I don’t know if I’ve done enough. That’s up to the manager.

“As a forward, scoring goals is the job you’ve got to do. If you can’t do that, then you’ve got to work hard and look sharp.

“I’ve felt sharp in training, and from the training camp in Austria.

“I’ve always said you’ve just got to go out there, work hard and do your best and then leave it down to the manager.

“But, to be honest, it’s all about the squad.

“In a major tournament, you need a squad, not just the lads who will start the game.

“It’s important that even the lads who come on make a difference. You need that in a major tournament.”

He added: “The manager said to us to be careful, but he doesn’t want you to go out there and treat it like a friendly.

“You have to do things properly, that’s what he’s like.

“You need to be that way even in training. You have to do it properly, train like you play in a match.

“But in a friendly, it’s in the back of your mind because you don’t want to pick up any injuries.

“You look at the other teams and their friendlies, and they’re picking up so many injuries, so you are aware that you have to be careful.

“At the same time, you have to go out there and be professional, treat it like a real game.”

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