Jermain Defoe admitted he couldn't wait to get his teeth into pre-season.
The livewire striker arrived back at Spurs Lodge on Wednesday having taken a couple of extra days off after being on international duty at the end of last season.
In fact, Jermain was still with the England squad for World Cup qualifiers until June 10, so he had four weeks off. "That was more than enough for me," said ‘JD', enthusiastic as ever.
"I was injured towards the end of last season, out for 11 weeks and I missed a lot of games, so it would have been different for the international lads who played the full season, but for me it was fine and I'm ready to go.
"I always look forward to pre-season, coming in and training with the lads and having the banter with them again. You miss that when you are away and it's great to see them all again."
As for his own pre-season targets, JD added: "Obviously, to get fit and to reach the level of fitness where I'm ready to play.
"The sharpness comes with the games and we've nine friendlies, so that will help.
"You want to play a lot of football to get that match sharpness and fitness, that's important. The rest will take care of itself."