Defoe dreams of emulating Barnes against Brazil

The former midfielder famously scored at the Maracana in 1984, dribbling from inside his own half, and the Tottenham man hopes to mark his 20th international goal in such fashion
England striker Jermain Defoe says he hopes to emulate John Barnes' famous performance at the Maracana when the Three Lions face Brazil on Sunday.

Barnes scored a wonder goal against the five-time world champions at the famous stadium in 1984, dribbling from inside his own half, and the striker confessed he dreams of such a moment during the upcoming friendly.

"That was an unbelievable goal," Defoe told the Daily Mirror. "The fact that we’re still talking about it nearly 30 years later tells you how good a goal it was.

"Who knows? Maybe one of us can score one like it on Sunday. If you can score a goal like that against them, make that sort of impact, it will be talked about for ever.

"If there is a single team in international football you’d want to play against it’s Brazil - even more so in Rio."

Defoe would become only the 21st player to score 20 goals for England if he were to notch against Brazil, joining the likes of Geoff Hurst, Alan Shearer and Nat Lofthouse on the list.

And the striker, who is struggling with an Achilles injury ahead of the game, feels reaching the target against Selacao would be a "great achievement".

Goal number 20 is his first target. He added: "At the moment, I’ve got 19 goals. If I can get that goal and get to 20, it will be a great feeling. I know that there are only so many strikers who’ve done it, so to join them would be a big feeling for me and a big achievement.

"If I could get to 20 for my country, I’d feel that was a great achievement. It would be fantastic for me and I would be really proud of that. There have been some great players who haven’t got there and some really big ones who have."