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JD makes history!

Posted on 3 September 2010  - 12:00

Jermain Defoe became the first Spurs player to ever score a competitive hat-trick for England as the Three Lions kicked off their Euro 2012 qualifying campaign with an impressive 4-0 victory over Bulgaria at Wembley.

JD makes history!

Jermain Defoe became the first Spurs player to ever score a competitive hat-trick for England as the Three Lions kicked off their Euro 2012 qualifying campaign with an impressive 4-0 victory over Bulgaria at Wembley.

It was the first treble for a Spurs man in an England shirt since Gary Lineker hit all four in a 4-0 friendly win over Malaysia in June, 1991.

JD was in fine form, opening the scoring after just three minutes, hammering high into the roof of the net from inside the box after good work from Ashley Cole.

He doubled England's lead with a superb finish through the legs of goalkeeper Nikolay Mihailov on the hour mark after being put through by strike partner Wayne Rooney.

And the Manchester United man was the provider again five minutes from time for the pick of the bunch - a superb first-time finish into the top corner after Manchester City's Adam Johnson had made it 3-0 shortly before.

It took JD's international goals tally to 15 in 44 caps - but the occasion was soured by what looks to be a bad injury to his Spurs team-mate Michael Dawson.

The defender, winning his second Three Lions cap, fell awkwardly on his right leg while making a challenge five minutes after half-time and was stretchered off in some pain.

We wish ‘Daws' well and will keep you updated on the nature of his injury.

JD himself also limped off having taken a blow to the ankle while scoring his hat-trick goal but will hope to be fit for the trip to Switzerland on Tuesday.

Post-match, he said: "It's always nice to score but getting a hat-trick for your country is special. I was delighted with the performance tonight, not just the goals, but I think the team worked well."