Three Lions prevail in 'must win' game...
With nothing less than three points imperative for Fabio Capello's men England were quick out of the blocks and Defoe grabbed the only goal of the game 20 minutes in.
"The approach was different, the lads were fired up in the changing room and for the first 10 minutes [we] put them under pressure," the Spurs striker told BBC Sport.
"It was a must win game; a cup final."
"I'm lost for words, what a moment. As a young lad it is something you dream about. We won the game, that was [the] most important [thing].
Chances continued to come England's way throughout the game, with Wayne Rooney hitting the post and Defoe failing to flick a bouncing ball past Jasmin Handanovic seconds into the second half.
"I was a little bit disappointed [with my chance], I should have done better," Defoe conceded.
Enduring a strained relationship with the England fans since the disappointing Algeria draw, Defoe was full of praise for the support the players received in Port Elizabeth.
"It's been difficult for the supporters, they weren't happy with previous performances, but they've always been there."
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