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CLUB AND COUNTRY FOR JJ

Posted on 19 June 2006  - 12:00

Jermaine Jenas is thoroughly enjoying the World Cup experience - he's now hoping to play his part by stepping onto football's biggest stage.

Jermaine Jenas is thoroughly enjoying the World Cup experience - he's now hoping to play his part by stepping onto football's biggest stage.

'JJ' is with Spurs team-mates Paul Robinson, Michael Carrick and Aaron Lennon as England prepare for their final outing in Group B against Sweden on Tuesday.

As always, there has been a lot of discussion about England’s midfield and with a place in the knockout stages already secured, Jermaine is hoping he might just get his World Cup under way with an appearance in Cologne.

“It’s a fantastic experience, I’ve loved every minute of it and I’d dearly love to play some part in the tournament,†said Jermaine, who bagged the goal for England B against Belarus just before travelling to Germany.

“We’ve qualified for the knockout stages already and there is real belief within the squad.â€Â

Talking from England’s base in Baden Baden earlier today, JJ was quite happy to knock on the head any suggestion that he had concerns over his future at Spurs with summer transfer speculation continuing in earnest back at home.

“I’m very happy at Spurs, I said all along it was a perfect move for me and I was right. It was great to help take the club back into the UEFA Cup,†commented JJ, who scored seven goals for us in 32 appearances last term.

“It was good to play so regularly last season and my performances at Spurs were recognised and got me into the World Cup squad, the pinnacle for any player.

“Martin Jol is fantastic to work with – he instils confidence in us all and has helped bring the best out of me.

“So while it’s great to be here at the World Cup, I’m really looking forward to getting going again at Spurs next season.â€Â

And at the beginning of a long summer transfer window compounded by World Cup excitement, Martin Jol added: "Transfer windows and a long summer reading nonsense in the papers can be an unsettling time for players. The one thing I would say is that everyone should realise that we are looking forward to a season in Europe and one in which I am also determined to see good domestic cup runs - so it makes sense that we grow the squad, add quality players, keep our good players and give ourselves strength, depth and options.â€Â