And it looks like Jermain is in line to play the World Cup qualifier against Wales on September 3 with Michael Owen suspended for that game in Cardiff.
England boss Eriksson told the media this afternoon: "I am going to play the best team which can play against Wales so that means Michael Owen won't start.
"It's not a difficult decision because this game is to prepare for Wales and Northern Ireland.
"Defoe has his chance. He's a good finisher and he's looked very sharp in training.
"It's a very good chance for him to show he can play again Wales. He has to show that."
Jermain will start up front alongside Wayne Rooney and there was further good news for Spurs fans as Paul Robinson steps straight back into the side having missed the end of season tour of the USA through injury.
Michael Carrick will be on the bench.
Sven Goran Eriksson has confirmed that Jermain Defoe will start for England in Wednesday night's friendly against Denmark.