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Portsmouth's Defoe frustrated missing Cup final

Portsmouth striker Jermain Defoe admits he's frustrated missing the club's FA Cup final next week.

The striker, who is cup-tied after two brief outings in the tournament for Tottenham, said: "Missing the semi-final was frustrating - but the final will be 10 times worse.

"At the game with Barnsley I was smashing balls against a wall and the lads were all telling me to chill. But it's so hard to take when you're cup-tied. The final is going to be an amazing occasion, and I'd love to be part of it.

"But you just have to take it on the chin and accept you're not meant to play in it - not this year anyway. I'm only 25 and I'm sure my chance will come again. After all the time I've spent watching games instead of playing in them, I'm the world's worst spectator.

"But I'll bite the bullet and cheer the lads on, hoping they can win and get us into Europe next season. That would be massive for the club and good for my career. So no pressure there, lads! And I definitely wouldn't worry about the prospect of playing a lot more games.

"That's exactly what I want, to make up for lost time. If we had to play in 60 matches next season, I'd want to play all of them."

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