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Jermain's dream comes true

Posted on 23 June 2010  - 12:00

Jermain Defoe admitted he'd always dreamed of scoring in the World Cup after delivering for England on Wednesday.

Jermain Defoe admitted he'd always dreamed of scoring in the World Cup after delivering for England on Wednesday.

Our top-scorer last season bagged the winner in the first half as the Three Lions won their crucial final match in Group C against Slovenia in Port Elizabeth.

Jermain also brought the best out of Slovenia keeper Handanovic, flicked another chance just wide and had a goal disallowed in the 1-0 victory.

The three points secured England's place in the knockout stages but the USA's late win against Algeria means Fabio Capello's men will face old rivals Germany in the last 16 on Sunday.

'JD' replaced Emile Heskey for his first start of the tournament and repaid Capello's faith by turning home James Milner's cross in the 23rd minute.

"I'm lost for words, what a moment," he beamed afterwards. "As a kid, that's something you always dream about.

"I had another chance but we won the game and that's all that mattered.

"It was a must-win game, a cup final and the lads were fired up.

"We said in the changing room to set the tempo, put them under pressure and we started to pass it after the goal went in. It was brilliant."

JD

The mood at the final whistle was a stark contrast to the draws against USA and Algeria, but JD insisted: "The belief has always been there.

"At this level it's always going to be difficult. Just look at the other games, a lot of the top teams have struggled.

"It's important to keep the spirit, which we have done and that showed."

JD's goal looked set to take England through as group winners but Landon Donovan struck in injury time for the US against Algeria and the States took top spot.

Germany then beat Ghana on Wednesday night to top Group D and therefore set-up a monumental last 16 clash on Sunday.