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Jol dismisses Defoe snub
18 Aug 2006 - 07:17:32
Tottenham Hotspur's head coach Martin Jol has dismissed suggestions that his treatment of Jermain Defoe last season cost the striker a place in England's World Cup squad.
Defoe was overlooked in the summer in favour of Arsenal youngster Theo Walcott, having struggled for a starting spot for much of last term at White Hart Lane.
However, Jol feels that the responsibility for that position rests solely at the feet of Sven-Goran Eriksson.
The Dutchman said: "What happened last season is in the past. The only thing he can do is prove himself again.
"His attitude was immaculate. He never moaned or criticised Sven and I think that was a good thing.
"Two years ago Sven left him out and I wasn't even here. He played all the matches, so Sven knew exactly what he could do and he still left him out and took Walcott. It was his decision.
"Sven knew we had Robbie Keane and it was difficult to play them both. Every time we could play them both, when Mido was injured, we played them. So I don't think that was the reason.
"Maybe Sven changed his mind a couple of days before the squad was going to Germany. It was not about the season, it was about the last two weeks."