Tottenham’s Redknapp backs Defoe to improve further

Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp has backed striker Jermain Defoe to improve even further on his England performance on Wednesday night.

Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp has backed striker Jermain Defoe to improve even further on his England performance on Wednesday night.

Defoe scored the only goal in the win over Slovenia which put his side into the Round of 16 after a shaky group stage showing and Redknapp said that he can see the diminutive goalscorer producing more of the same for his nation.

‘Jermain Defoe eased the worries of every England fan with his fantastic winner against Slovenia - but I know for a fact he can play a lot, lot better,’ Redknapp wrote in his column for The Sun.

‘When it comes to nicking a goal, you would be hard pushed to name players who would be ahead of Jermain in the queue.

‘There is more to being a striker than simply knocking the ball into the net.’

And Redknapp added that he hopes England boss Fabio Capello gives the Spurs striker another opportunity after his match-winner.

‘I also hope he gets a run in the team but that will depend on what approach Fabio Capello takes in the next round,’ he continued.

‘The decision for the national manager is whether to play as open as England did against Slovenia - who, let's face it, were a poor side - or play an extra man in the middle of the park, which would mean sacrificing one of our strikers.

‘I can't praise Jermain enough for the way he finished.’