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JD on Reds alert

Posted on 13 August 2009  - 12:00

Jermain Defoe quickly set his sights on Liverpool after one of the biggest nights of his life on the international stage.

JD on Reds alert

Jermain Defoe quickly set his sights on Liverpool after one of the biggest nights of his life on the international stage.

The striker maintained his fine form in pre-season with both goals as a second half substitute as England came from 2-0 down to draw 2-2 against Holland in Wednesday night's friendly at the Amsterdam Arena.

It was his biggest night for the Three Lions since grabbing a goal in a World Cup qualifier against Poland back in September, 2004 and means he's scored four of England's last five goals having bagged numbers four and five in the 6-0 win against Andorra in June.

But speaking after returning to England on Thursday, ‘JD' had already turned his attentions to our huge opening weekend fixture against the Reds at the Lane on Sunday.

"At that level every game is difficult anyway but when you play against top nations, the likes of Holland, Brasil, Argentina, it's always fantastic to get on the scoresheet and to get two goals was great for me," he said. "I was buzzing, as you could imagine.

"As soon as I woke up this morning I thought ‘yes, I'm ready for Liverpool' and I'm looking forward that game. All I want to do now is help us get off to a good start to the season.

"I always feel sharp in pre-season and that's been the one of the best parts of my game, working a yard of space and getting my shots off, so I've always had that even when I was younger but in terms of fitness and strength, I don't think I've ever felt this good.

"Maybe it's because I'm getting older and maturing as a player, I feel much stronger. I just want to keep that going and help the team get off to a positive start against Liverpool.

"It's such a big game for everyone, especially at this early stage of the season. The lads can't wait for it and we all feel it's game we can win.

"We're at home, we know the fans will be right behind us and it's all about our belief. We want to make a good start and we're after the three points."

JD v Holland