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JD takes Bale banter!

Posted on 23 March 2011  - 12:00

Jermain Defoe is determined to put one over on Gareth Bale as the pair prepare to come face-to-face in the international arena on Saturday.

JD takes Bale banter!

Jermain Defoe is determined to put one over on Gareth Bale as the pair prepare to come face-to-face in the international arena on Saturday.

England hitman JD has revealed the Welsh winger to have been somewhat confident of a home victory in the Euro 2012 qualifying clash in Cardiff and hopes Gareth will be eating his words when they reconvene as Spurs team-mates next week.

But JD is also well aware of the threat Gareth will pose to Fabio Capello’s men having recently made his return from a back injury.

He said: “Gareth's been giving me a lot of banter, so I just hope that we win the game and then I’ll look forward to going back to the club and giving the banter back!

"He's their biggest threat, to be honest. When he gets the ball, he's direct and he can beat players. His pace is phenomenal, his power.

“Even from set-pieces as well, he's got a great left foot. He's fresh because he's just come back from injury."

JD is desperate to be involved in the all-home nations encounter – inspired by our visit to Cardiff at the old Ninian Park in the FA Cup third round back in January 2007.

He hopes his 13 goals in 18 appearances during Capello’s tenure as national Head Coach will be enough for him to see off competition for places up-front from Darren Bent, Andy Carroll, Wayne Rooney, and Spurs team-mate Peter Crouch.

JD added: "This is a massive game, an international derby. I remember the atmosphere [against Cardiff] being mad and the stadium was rocking. I really enjoyed that.

"Under Fabio Capello, my goalscoring record's been good. I've been given the opportunity and I've scored goals - and the manager knows that. I think he knows now what I can do and it's a case of just waiting for my opportunity again.”