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Jermain's mixed feelings

Posted on 1 July 2010  - 12:00

Jermain Defoe admits he'll have mixed emotions watching the rest of the World Cup.

Jermain Defoe admits he'll have mixed emotions watching the rest of the World Cup.

The striker has that feeling of ‘what might have been' after England's defeat in the last 16 against Germany on Sunday.

Jermain told us yesterday that he was convinced if Frank Lampard's ‘goal' had stood and made it 2-2 just before half-time, it would have been a completely different game.

Instead, Germany outplayed the Three Lions in the second half and ran out deserving 4-1 winners in Bloemfontein.

Germany now face Argentina in a quarter-final cracker on Saturday while Jermain and the rest of the squad including four of his Spurs team-mates have flown home.

Jermain enjoyed one of few highs of the tournament when he scored the only goal against Slovenia to ensure England's progress into the knockout stages - England's only win in South Africa.

"It was great to be part of the squad and that goal will stay with me forever but we're home now and it's difficult at the moment," said ‘JD'.

"I love football so I'll watch the rest of the games, but it hurts me as well because I'm thinking deep down that I wish we were still over there.

"I suppose it wasn't meant to be and we just have to get on with it."

Despite the obvious disappointment, Jermain insists he loved every minute of his World Cup experience.

"Just being there was magic," he said. "It's hard to put into words what it's like.

"We've all got memories of the World Cup when we were growing up, playing football in the streets.

"Then you realise how far you've come. You see the fans, the atmosphere, you think of all the people back home and the importance of the tournament.

"Kids watch it, elderly people watch it, men, women, the whole nation is football crazy and you are in that 23-man squad that's flying the flag for your country. That's special."