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DEFOE WATCH

Posted on 16 August 2006  - 12:00

We kept a close eye on Jermain Defoe's return to England's starting line-up against Greece on Wednesday night.

We kept a close eye on Jermain Defoe's return to England's starting line-up against Greece on Wednesday night.

The striker was involved in two of England's four goals as the Steve McClaren era kicked-off with a 4-0 win at Old Trafford.

DEFOE WATCH...

6mins: Downing cross just over Jermain's head.

11mins: Link-up play with Gary Neville and Steven Gerrard.

16mins: Tried to latch onto John Terry's powerful headed clearance, keeper Nikopolidis out of his box to hack away.

21mins: Picked up Gerrard's header, turned his man, passed back to Gerrard.

26mins: Tackling back, won ball on half-way.

30mins: Set-up goal for Frank Lampard. Turned Antzas on left touchline, cut infield and delivered slide-rule pass for Lampard to score England's second via a deflection.

33mins: Turned away from defender again, maintained possession, eventually darted into near post to try and get a touch on Downing's low cross, ball cleared.

35mins: Involved in third goal. This time Vyntra made a hash of his clearance, Jermain picked up the loose ball and fed Downing wide, his cross was eventually turned in by Crouch.

38mins: More link-up play as England broke from a Greece corner, attempted cross cut out as Nikopolidis raced out of his area to clear with head.

44mins: Did well to hang onto possession under the challenge of two defenders.

50mins: Strong hold-up play on half-way, kept ball, delivered simple pass.

61mins: Just about only shot of night, cut in from left, shot well wide from corner of the box.

66mins: Gerrard spotted Jermain's run, tried to make it, went down under a challenge but no foul given.

68mins: Substitued, Aaron Lennon on.