Tottenham striker Jermain Defoe was eligible to play against Burnley in the Carling Cup semi-final second leg, confirmed the Football league. The former Portsmouth star was not signed in time for the first leg and the Clarets wrote to the Football League to ask if the rule applies to the tie as a whole therefore ruling him out of the second leg as well.

But the Football League has stated that Defoe was entitled to play.

"Contrary to newspaper reports, the Football League can confirm that Tottenham Hotspur player Jermain Defoe was eligible to play in last Wednesday's Carling Cup semi-final against Burnley," a Football League statement read.

"Defoe had not already appeared in this season's competition having only been a non-playing substitute in Portsmouth's match with Chelsea.

"Additionally there are no rules preventing a player not registered in time for the first leg from playing in the second leg."