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JD the hero for England

Posted on 23 June 2010  - 12:00

Jermain Defoe fired England into the last 16 of the World Cup on Wednesday.

Jermain Defoe fired England into the last 16 of the World Cup on Wednesday.

The striker grabbed the crucial goal as the Three Lions beat Slovenia 1-0 in a must-win final match in Group C.

It was a typical goal from Jermain who showed great movement to lose his marker before converting James Milner's fine cross in the 23rd minute.

That's how it stayed in Port Elizabeth.

'JD' had further chances and a goal disallowed in the second half.

He forced an excellent save from Slovenia goalkeeper Handanovic in the first half and prodded a sharp chance inches wide 30 seconds into the second half.

Our top scorer last season looked to have doubled England's lead in the 50th minute when he tapped home Wayne Rooney's cross but Rooney was flagged offside.

Jermain eventually made way for Emile Heskey with five minutes left. Aaron Lennon, Peter Crouch and Michael Dawson remained in the bench.

There was a late twist in Group C though as USA grabbed an injury time winner against Algeria to top the group.

England now face a clash against Germany on Sunday while the USA take on Ghana on Saturday.