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Les backs our deadly duo

Les Ferdinand is confident Peter Crouch and Jermain Defoe will get amongst the goals at the World Cup.

Les Ferdinand is confident Peter Crouch and Jermain Defoe will get amongst the goals at the World Cup.

One of the best strikers of his generation, Les is now part of the coaching staff at Spurs, working closely with our strikers, including top-scorer ‘JD' and Crouchy.

And Les, who was part of England's World Cup squad in 1998, believes the Spurs duo will step up to the plate at the world's biggest tournament.

"I've been with both of them all season and they are coming off a fantastic season at Spurs and qualifying for the Champions League, so they are going into the World Cup on a high," said Les, who spent six years leading the line at the Lane.

"If you look at Peter's record for England (21 goals in 38 caps), he must feel every time he pulls on an England shirt he's going to score a goal.

"It's a fantastic record. People argue he's only scored against lesser sides, but he can only score against the teams he plays against. Other players also play against these so-called lesser sides and don't score, so you can't take his record for granted. He's done superbly well and deserves his place in the squad.

"Jermain is seen as an impact player at the moment and he will always have the ability to come off the bench and score goals.

"He went through a bit of a lull at the end of the season but when he's on a high, he'll score goals all day long. As I said, qualifying for the Champions League here at Spurs means he will be on a high and the World Cup lifts players anyway.

"I've no qualms that if they get onto the field, they will do the club and country proud."


That was the message from Les for all five of our players in Fabio Capello's squad with Ledley King, Michael Dawson and Aaron Lennon also in South Africa.

"It's fantastic to have five players in the England squad," added Les. "It was great to see Daws get his opportunity.

"Everyone here was so disappointed when he came back from the initial squad without playing but it shows you what the game's like - one minute it's doom and gloom, the next you are on cloud nine.

"I just hope he plays now because I've been to a World Cup and not played and you are part of it, but not part of it. I just hope they all get some sort of involvement."

And finally, with the country counting down the hours to England's opener against USA - kicking-off at 7.30pm on Saturday - Les knows exactly what the players are going through.

"They've had the training camp in Austria, the warm-up matches and trained in South Africa and they will just want to get underway," he said.

"There has been a big build-up and the fact that the tournament is in South Africa has added even more to the tournament and the lads will want to get out there and play.

"All 23 of them will be champing at the bit to be involved in the first game."