Defoe desperate to impress
12 Nov 2009 - 12:31:28
Tottenham Hotspur striker Jermain Defoe feels he has an international point to prove ahead of England's friendly meeting with Brazil.
Defoe's productive start to the season - he scored four goals in his first three Spurs game and found the net for England against both Netherlands and Slovenia - before being sidelined with a broken hand.
Spurs team-mate Peter Crouch and West Ham's Carlton Cole picked up the baton for the Three Lions during last month's World Cup qualifiers with Ukraine and Belarus.
That has left Defoe feeling he needs to make up for lost time should he be picked to face Brazil.
"Do I need to re-establish myself? I think so," he said. "Peter Crouch came in the last time and played well and he is a fantastic player.
"It was frustrating to miss out through injury and when you get an opportunity, you have got to take it. You have to make an impact.
"I don't want to have the title of super-sub but when you don't start it is important you try and make an impression when you come off the bench.
"I haven't started a game for England in 2009 and if the first one was against Brazil it would be special because they are the side that everyone wants to play against.
"To win against Brazil would be brilliant. It is a good fixture for us and will give us a chance to see how far we have come.
"Of course, it is a friendly and there are players injured and missing, but it is important to get a winning mentality before the World Cup."