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Tottenham striker Defoe fires back at taunting Beckenbauer

Tottenham striker Jermain Defoe has slammed German legend Franz Beckenbauer over his England taunts.

In Beckenbauer's latest outburst, he branded England "stupid" for finishing second in Group C - leaving them to face the Germans in the last 16 on Sunday.

But Defoe, who scored Wednesday's winner against Slovenia, said: "You're never going to get into a position where everyone says nice things about you all the time.

"We can't get side-tracked, we have to concentrate on ourselves."

German legend Beckenbauer also claimed England's players looked "burnt out" after a long domestic campaign.

But Defoe added: "I don't feel tired. The Premier League is one of the toughest leagues to play in but, if you look after your body and prepare right, you shouldn't have a problem."

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