Tottenham striker Defoe admits England players fear Wembley jeers
Defoe, fearing a backlash just 45 days after the debacle against Germany in Bloemfontein, admits England need a convincing performance to win back the fans.
Defoe told the Mirror: “I’m slightly apprehensive about the atmosphere at Wembley – it will be an opportunity for the team to put things right after the World Cup.
“We’re lucky England fans have always been the best in the world when it comes to backing their team, so it’s up to the players to send them home happy.
“If we can put on a good performance, it won’t change what happened in South Africa but it would certainly lighten everyone’s mood. They say the best thing to do if you fall off a horse is to get back in the saddle as quickly as possible and the game against Hungary is an early opportunity to start the healing process.
“We have Euro 2012 qualifiers coming up and they are going to come round quickly, so we need to put things right and get our house in order.
“The fans will be looking for a reaction from the team and we want to make it a great experience for any young players drafted into the squad.”