Tottenham boss Redknapp: Defoe can replace Man Utd's Rooney for England

Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp feels Jermain Defoe can cover England's loss of Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney for the Euros.

Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp feels Jermain Defoe can cover England's loss of Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney for the Euros.

With Rooney now unavailable for England's group stage games thanks to his three-match suspension, Redknapp thinks Defoe could be the man to replace the Manchester United marksman in Fabio Capello's starting XI.

"It's up to Jermain to have a great season and push himself," said Redknapp, whose team faces Newcastle United on Sunday at St James' Park.

"It's wide open with England now. I think we will only play with one striker, with Gerrard behind somebody.

"You would take Jermain and Gerrard together all day long."

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