Jol 'Amazed' about Defoe decision
By Alex Dunn
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Tottenham boss Martin Jol admits he is amazed about Jermain Defoe's omission.
Tottenham boss Martin Jol admits he is amazed about Jermain Defoe's omission from England's provisional World Cup squad.
Sven Goran Eriksson has surprised the football world in his squad selection, including Theo Walcott at the expense of both Defoe and Darren Bent.
It had been thought that the Swede would include five strikers in his 23-man party but instead he has elected to take just four, with Walcott's selection by far the biggest surprise.
The are still massive question marks over whether Wayne Rooney will be fit to play any part in Germany, while Michael Owen's fitness is also a subject of real concern.
Both of the experienced duo have been included, which means in a worse case scenario Eriksson would be left with just Peter Crouch and Walcott, who has yet to make a Premiership appearance since arriving at Arsenal from Southampton.
Jol, along with several other skeptics, has spoken of his shock at Eriksson's decision and is clearly of the opinion that his player should be boarding the plane for Germany.
''I think it's amazing that he's not in the squad but he's on standby and with the situation with Rooney and Owen I still believe he will be in there,'' said Jol.
Defoe's team-mate Ledley King was another who missed out, with the dreaded curse of the metatarsal striking at just the wrong time for the classy stopper.
Brighter news for Jol was the inclusion of four other members of his Tottenham squad, with Michael Carrick, Jermaine Jenas, Paul Robinson and somewhat surprisingly, Aaron Lennon, all getting the nod.
"It's great news for him (Lennon),'' said Jol. ''He's such an exciting talent.
''He's developed quickly, he's a bright lad and hopefully he'll play some part because that will be a great experience for him and we'll benefit from it as well as a club.
"Jermaine showed real consistency and he's scored the goals we predicted he would - we asked for six or seven and he did that. He's fulfilled my expectations and what I had in mind from him.
"Michael's had such a fantastic season. I said when I took over that he would be our fifth England squad member and I've been proved right.
"He has a massive influence on our midfield, is always fit - and even when he's injured he shows great character. He has stamina and is arguably the best at that position in England.
"Paul was the easy one. I don't really even have to say well done because he's England's number one and he's proved that."