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JD's delight

Posted on 11 June 2009  - 12:00

Jermain Defoe admitted he 'had a funny feeling' that he would end his season on a high for England at Wembley.

JD's delight

Jermain Defoe admitted he 'had a funny feeling' that he would end his season on a high for England at Wembley.

The livewire striker grabbed two goals in the 6-0 win against Andorra on Wednesday night as Fabio Capello's men made it seven out of seven in World Cup qualifying.

‘JD' entered the fray for the start of the second half but had to wait until the 73rd minute to add to England's 3-0 tally.

He then grabbed two goals in as many minutes - heading home Glen Johnson's cross before a typical poacher's goal, following in when Andorra keeper Koldo spilled David Beckham's free-kick. Peter Crouch completed the scoring.

"I felt sharp in training all week," JD told us exclusively on Thursday. "Stuart Pearce (coach) told me to get warmed up five minutes before half-time and when he said that, I knew I had to be going on for the second half and I felt good.

"I remember playing Andorra at Old Trafford a couple of years ago and the way they set up with 10 men behind the ball means you can't really get the ball in to feet.

"They are difficult to play against in that respect but I knew we'd get loads of crosses into the box and I knew if I was always in there I'd get my chances.

"I should have scored three! I thought about tapping Crouchy's in but thought I'd be given offside - to be fair, he's my mate as well!"

It was the perfect finale for the 26-year-old who missed 11 weeks of the season with a foot injury after scoring three goals in five games on his return from Portsmouth in January.

"When I scored I thought about what I'd gone through with the injuries and so to finish off like that was good for me," he added.

"I missed a lot of the season and that's been difficult because I've never really been injured before.

"The way the season has gone I thought to myself that it would be great to get in the England squad again and if I could get a goal it would be perfect - and that's what happened."