Harry Redknapp tips Tottenham’s Jermain Defoe for England recall
Harry Redknapp expects Jermain Defore to break back into the England set-up after the forward scored a brace against Stevenage
Harry Redknapp believes Jermain Defoe will get an England recall after the Tottenham striker scored twice in a 3-1 victory over Stevenage in the FA Cup fifth-round replay at White Hart Lane on Wednesday.
Stevenage started as huge underdogs but took just two minutes to take the lead through Joel Byrom, who converted from the penalty spot after being upended by Ryan Nelsen.
Defoe levelled for Spurs in the 26th minute with a venomous shot, and the Premier League side moved into the last eight thanks to Emmanuel Adebayor’s penalty and another well-taken strike from the impressive Defoe to sink their League One opposition.
“It’s good to see Jermain back scoring,” Redknapp said. “He is a good finisher and he is a good player. He must have a chance of an international recall. That is a problem area for England.
“There is a shortage of top strikers and Jermain is up there with the best of them when he is sharp and on form, and he is looking sharp at the moment. I have been delighted with him.”
Stevenage came close to taking a two goal lead when Jon Ashton narrowly headed over after Byrom’s opener, and Redknapp praised the League One outfit’s performance as they ensured Spurs had to be at their best to progress.
“I didn’t expect it to be different,” Redknapp added. “People said we would murder them but they don’t know what they are talking about.
“Stevenage are big and strong. Every corner, every set-play was a problem. They had six players in the box at times against our three markers and they were all six foot.”
The victory sets up a quarter-final tie against Bolton Wanderers at White Hart Lane on 17 March.