Defoe backed for England
Jermain Defoe has been backed by Younes Kaboul to reclaim his place in Fabio Capello's England team.
Last Updated: 08/12/11 4:53pm
Jermain Defoe has been backed by his Tottenham team-mate Younes Kaboul to reclaim his place in Fabio Capello's England team.
The 29-year-old was omitted from the squad for the recent games against Spain, Sweden and Montenegro and has not featured in competitive action for the national team in 15 months.
At times this term, the former West Ham starlet has been a bit-part player for Spurs, but he is still the club's leading scorer with eight goals in all competitions.
And the France international reckons Defoe's form will ensure they are on opposite sides in the opening game of Euro 2012, when the two nations meet.
"Of course Jermain can get in (the England team)," he said.
"I'm surprised he wasn't picked in the last squad. Everyone knows Jermain. Every time he plays he scores, especially for England.
"Every time I have seen him play for England he has scored at least one goal. He's got a good average with his national team.
"If I was the manager I would play him straight away."