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|JD CAN'T WAIT FOR FRIENDLY TESTS|
Jermain Defoe reckons we’re in for a testing week as we kick-off our pre-season friendly campaign against Swindon Town and Colchester United.
It all gets underway against the Robins at the County Ground on Tuesday (16 July) before our first visit to Colchester’s new Weston Homes Community Stadium on Friday week, 19 July. Both matches kick-off at 7pm.
“Those teams will give everything, they will work hard, they were all back earlier than us and they will be ready,” said Jermain.
“They will be fit and that will be a test for us. That will help us get fit ourselves.want to beat us and every game at this level you want to win, there are no friendlies, even in training.
“We’ll look forward to those games and try to win, we want that mentality going into the season.”
After the U’s friendly, we travel out to Hong Kong for the Barclays Asia Trophy, then face Monaco and then our home friendly against Espanyol.
First Team pre-season fixtures:
Tuesday 16 July: Swindon Town (A) - 7pm
Friday 19 July: Colchester (A) - 7pm
Wednesday 24 July: Barclays Asia Trophy v Sunderland - Kick-off 6pm (11am BST)
Saturday 27 July: Barclays Asia Trophy Final/3rd v 4th play-off vs Manchester City or South China FC
Saturday 3 August: AS Monaco (A) - Kick-off 6.30pm (5.30pm BST)
Saturday 10 August: RCD Espanyol (H) - Kick-off 5.30pm