Striker ready for Swiss trip despite injury concerns...England manager Fabio Capello’s faith in Jermain Defoe and Wayne Rooney was rewarded tonight as the two strikers tormented Bulgaria in the Three Lions’ 4-0 victory at Wembley. Defoe grabbed himself a hat-trick and Rooney delivered three assists as England sealed a comfortable win in their first Euro 2012 qualification match.
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“And it’s special [to get a hattrick]. People know what I’m good at, I know I can score goals, I’m always moving, and I try to take my chances and always hit target.”
Defoe was quick to praise his strike partner Rooney who created two of his three goals, as well as Adam Johnson’s first international goal, and the Tottenham striker insisted the relationship will continue to improve.
"Obviously when you play with a partner it takes a bit of time to gel but Wazza [Rooney] is a great player and technically gifted. Like I've said before, if I make the runs he'll find me and he did tonight.” He added.
"When I got the second he said 'keep going and you'll get the third' and it's always nice when you play with a partner and he wants you to get the hat-trick. It's good."
Goalkeeper Joe Hart kept England in the game at 1-0 and Defoe was full of praise for England’s new number one.
“Especially in the second half [he played well], there was a one-on-one and he made a great save. He's been like that all season for his club. What a prospect he is.”
The Tottenham striker had been a doubt for the squad due to a troublesome groin injury picked up playing for his club, “I had felt my groin, it was a bit sore but I’ve been doing some core work and been in the gym and I felt good tonight.”
And the striker was quick to confirm that he would be fit for Tuesday’s trip to Switzerland despite being substituted after scoring his third goal.