Jermain Defoe has expressed his delight after being named in England’s squad for Euro 2012.
The striker was named in new boss Roy Hodgson’s 23-man squad for the championships in Poland and Ukraine yesterday.
He was joined in the squad by Scott Parker, but unfortunately Kyle Walker missed out through injury.
Jermain scored 17 goals in 38 appearances - including 21 starts - last season to take 10th place on his own in the club’s all-time top goalscorers list.
Capped 46 times by England with 15 goals to his name, it will be JD’s second major tournament having scored in the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.
“I thought the World Cup was a fantastic experience and to have the opportunity represent England at another major tournament is amazing,” Jermain told us exclusively on Wednesday.
“I always remember watching the tournaments on TV, watching Euro 96 and to be part of it now is something special.
“I’m delighted because I knew last summer I had a massive season coming up and I worked hard on my fitness to be as sharp as possible. I think that work has paid off.”
Meanwhile, Jermain went out of his way to mention the support of the fans. “They’ve always been great to me and it was the same this season, always singing my name and getting right behind me. That means a lot.”
England are in Group D and kick-off against France on June 11 before facing Sweden (June 15) and co-hosts Ukraine (June 19).
Look out for the thoughts of JD, England team-mate Scott Parker and Croatia's Luka Modric as the tournament approaches...