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I'm ready - JD

Posted on 25 June 2010  - 12:00

Jermain Defoe says he's ready for the biggest game of his life.

Jermain Defoe says he's ready for the biggest game of his life.

The striker is expected to start as England face Germany in the last 16 of the World Cup on Sunday.

Our top scorer last season showed all his predatory instincts to grab the crucial goal to beat Slovenia and send the Three Lions into the knockout phase of the competition on Wednesday.

USA's late win against Algeria meant England finished second in Group C and therefore set-up another clash against their old rivals in Bloemfontein.

Asked if it was the biggest game of his life, the 27-year-old responded: "Definitely, but every game is a big game. We all love playing football. This is a massive game for everyone and I'll be ready if called upon."

Germany caught the eye with a 4-0 demolition against Australia in their Group D opener but lost to Serbia and were unconvincing on their way to a 1-0 win against Ghana to top the group on Wednesday.

England should really have topped Group C but paid the price for disappointing displays against the USA and particularly Algeria, both ending in draws.

But, typically, JD isn't interested in what might have been - he's positive.

"It's important to stay positive, think positive and this is the situation we are in," he said.

"Germany are a great footballing nation, fantastic in major tournaments, but we're a great side and we showed that against Slovenia.

"There is no point in thinking what might have been, this is where we are and we're looking forward to it."

History suggests the tie might go all the way to penalties - just like it did in Italia 90 and Euro 96 - and asked if he would take a spot-kick if required, he stated: "Yes, 100-per-cent."