Defoe seeks starting spot
08 Jun 2010 - 12:41:15
England striker Jermain Defoe is hoping to start in the World Cup Group C opener against USA on Saturday, but he admits he is unsure whether he has impressed head coach Fabio Capello enough.
The Tottenham Hotspur frontman scored in Monday's 3-0 warm-up victory over South African side Platinum Stars but, with Emile Heskey and Peter Crouch also vying for a starting berth alongside Wayne Rooney, Defoe isn't sure if he will figure.
Speaking to reporters, he 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."