Portsmouth boss Redknapp defends Defoe's England performance

Portsmouth boss Harry Redknapp has defended Jermain Defoe after his disappointing performance for England in this week's friendly victory over the USA.

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He told the Daily Mail: "Look, it's never easy coming into the England team for one game when you haven't played for some time and you are expected to deliver instantly.

"Jermain Defoe did OK. He was the form pick after scoring regularly for Portsmouth since his transfer from Tottenham and chances didn't exactly rain down on him at Wembley.

"He has 27 caps now, but they have been picked up in bits and pieces and he has always been second choice to Michael Owen.

"The transfer-window move to Portsmouth has given him regular football and a chance to rediscover his goal touch, but you need a few games at international level before you feel at home. He deserves another chance as the search for a striker continues in the Caribbean on Sunday."

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