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Jermain hails latest Lion

Posted on 13 November 2009  - 12:00

Jermain Defoe believes Spurs team-mate Tom Huddlestone has earned the right to line up alongside him for England against Brazil on Saturday.

Jermain hails latest Lion

Jermain Defoe believes Spurs team-mate Tom Huddlestone has earned the right to line up alongside him for England against Brazil on Saturday.

Tom has been called up to the senior national side for only the second time in his career and will be hoping to win his first cap at the Khalifa National Stadium, Qatar.

And Three Lions regular Jermain has seen the progress the 22-year-old has made so far this season - a player who has started every game since the start of the campaign for Spurs.

The striker said: "Tom is a fantastic player and he deserves this call-up. He was in the squad last year against Trinidad & Tobago and did well in training and he is a natural footballer.

"If he gets the opportunity, he will be ready. He could force his way into contention for the World Cup and he scored a fantastic goal at the weekend, but ultimately it is up to the England Manager."

Jermain himself will also be looking to impress Head Coach Fabio Capello if given the chance against the five-time World Champions.

Places are still up for grabs on the plane to South Africa for next summer's World Cup Finals, with nobody's spot certain.

Dislocated fingers kept Jermain out of the last round of internationals in October, so he will be hoping to re-assert himself in Qatar - maybe even earning a rare Three Lions start.

"It was frustrating to miss out through injury and when you get an opportunity, you have got to take it," he added. "You have to make an impact.

"I don't want to have the title of 'Super Sub' but when you don't start it is important you try and make an impression when you come off the bench.

"I haven't started a game for England in 2009 and if the first one was against Brazil it would be special because they are the side that everyone wants to play against."

And although Saturday's game has been given the friendly tag, Jermain is under no illusions how much a mouth-watering clash like this means.

"To win against Brazil would be brilliant. It is a good fixture for us and will give us a chance to see how far we have come.

"Of course, it is a friendly and there are players injured and missing, but it is important to get a winning mentality before the World Cup."