The striker was again with the England camp right until the last minute - this time because of injuries to Wayne Rooney and Michael Owen - before having to pack his bags on the eve of the World Cup.
It was a repeat of the disappointment Jermain suffered in 2004 when he just missed out on the European Championship finals having participated in all the pre-tournament training and friendlies.
Now well into pre-season, Ã¢â‚¬ËœJDÃ¢â‚¬â„¢, in his words, was Ã¢â‚¬ËœbuzzingÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ at our training camp in France and it was no surprise when he bagged the first goal of the summer in the 2-1 friendly win against Bordeaux. After going close against Nice, he then grabbed both goals as we beat Celta Vigo 2-0 last week.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“I put a lot of pressure on myself because itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s really important as a striker to score the first goal as soon as possible,Ã¢â‚¬Â said Jermain.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“For all players itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s good to get the first games out of the way, to get fitness levels up and gain match fitness but as a forward, to get that first goal and that buzz and feeling, itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s vital.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“I always like to score goals in pre-season because you take that form and confidence into the season.Ã¢â‚¬Â
So how did he cope with just missing out with England again? Ã¢â‚¬Å“Luckily enough IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve got a strong family, my mum used to phone me every day when I was with the squad and she would tell me to keep my head up.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“I had people around me giving me positive vibes - my girlfriend, my agent and the lads were great.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“It was frustrating because I felt so sharp and strong and in my mind I believed there was that chance I could be staying because of the injury situation.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“It was disappointing, a massive blow, but IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m a strong character. I was down for a while but IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢d been through it before and it makes you stronger. IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m still young and IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll keep doing my stuff. I feel a lot stronger both mentally and physically.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Jermain added that he couldnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t wait to walk back through the gates at Spurs Lodge. Ã¢â‚¬Å“I always look forward to the start of the season - even when IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m on holiday I think about football and I canÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t wait to get back to the club and get started again.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“I canÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t wait to meet up with the boys and kick a ball again. You want that buzz again of training and playing games. IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve had a good rest and I feel good.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“WeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve a great bunch of lads, a young squad and the team spirit is excellent. We showed that last season and I think it will be the same next season.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Jermain Defoe believes he's come back a stronger person after the agony of missing the final cut of a second-successive major tournament.