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JD on target

Posted on 7 June 2010  - 12:00

Jermain Defoe made his mark and Michael Dawson featured for the first time as England's preparations for the World Cup continued against South African side Platinum Stars on Monday.

JD on target

Jermain Defoe made his mark and Michael Dawson featured for the first time as England's preparations for the World Cup continued against South African side Platinum Stars on Monday.

It took just three minutes for the striker to open the scoring in the training match at the Moruleng Stadium, Lesetleng.

Starting up front alongside Spurs team-mate Peter Crouch, 'JD' was alert to confidently convert Steven Gerrard's cutback from the byline and set the Three Lions on their way to a 3-0 win in their final action before the real thing starts against the USA on Saturday.

Ledley King also started alongside John Terry and all three starters played the first 45 minutes.

Fabio Capello made 10 changes at half-time and introduced 'Daws' into friendly action for the first time in this build-up to the World Cup. Aaron Lennon also came on for Shaun Wright-Phillips.

The defender didn't put a foot wrong in his 45-minute stint while Aaron set-up a glorious chance for Emile Heskey that the striker headed wide.