Jermain Defoe has spoken of his desire to particpate in the Champions League and hopes he can score the goals to fire Spurs in Europe’s top competition.
Defoe has bagged 11 goals in the league this season, helping Spurs into fourth place in the table
Capello has almost guaranteed Defoe a place in his World Cup squad, as the Spurs hitman has featured regularly in his England squads, and Defoe is keen to try his hand at the top club competition as well.
“I’d like the Golden Boot as it would be my first. I’d like Tottenham to finish fourth to be honest, it would be fantastic for the club.
“I always watch football and I watch the Champions League games. It’s a competition where you’re playing against the best. I’d be playing against the best defenders in the world in a great competition.
“In my first season here I got 22. I just want to keep doing it. At the end of the day, it’s good for the club if I score the goals because it means we are winning games.
“It’s the World Cup year and that is at the back of your mind, but it’s important to focus on your club, keep your head down and give yourself the best opportunity to get on the plane. That is all I can do.”
Defoe has already scored goals, but Harry Redknapp has noticed a change in his play this year.
After breaking his foot in January, Defoe used that time to work on his upper-body strength and bulk up.
He has also benefitted from having Clive Allen and Les Ferdinand among the Tottenham coaching staff.
“I always do my finishing after training, so when I get in that situation on match day I’m familiar with it and can take the chance.
“Every day for about 20 minutes a few of the biys stay behind with Les Ferdinand and Clive Allen. I watched some of Clive’s goals on youtube and it’s important to do that to learn.
“He got 49 goals in one season and that’s unbelieveable. if I did that I don’t know what I’d do. It was harder playing up there on your own like he did. He’s still got it and can still finish now.
“I’ve spoken to all the great strikers over the years like Les and Ian Wright. Wrighty tells me that no matter how many you score, always try to get another right until the final whistle. I’ve got that mentality now to try to get more.”
Defoe has also insisted he’s learnt his lesson, after receiving a silly red card against Portsmouth in October.
“The manager said what he said. When I got sent off, I knew what I’d done straight away and it was out of character. I can’t remember the last time I was booked.
“It was important to come back like this, because I owed something to the team. it was stupid and I shouldn’t have got sent off.
“I was lucky because I only missed two weeks. At the end of the day, it was out of character and when that happens it is not a big issue.”
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