Defoe in top form
Jermain Defoe is still a class act. He has put his troubles behind him over the past year and with two goals in two, is the form striker at the moment for the Three Lions.
Defoe scored a wonderful goal from the bench, as England beat Italy, albeit in a rather 'meaningless' friendly last month.
He followed this up with the third goal in the side's resounding 5-0 rout of Moldova on Friday evening.
The 29-year-old has had a very difficult summer, with family tragedies turning his summer into one to forget, despite being involved in Euro 2012.
It hasn’t just been the summer that has been troublesome for the striker though.
Last season at Tottenham, he started just 11 games under Harry Redknapp and was tipped for a potential summer move away from North London, with Everton and Reading showing signs of interest in his services.
If there was one way for Defoe to react to his critics and problems, it started with a wonderful strike in the 79th minute, giving England the victory against the Italians in Bern.
A reminder of his qualities
His performances for club so far have seen him earn a new contract and become the main man upfront at White Hart Lane in Andre Villas-Boas' tenure, despite Emmanuel Adebayor returning on a permanent basis.
Now, with the likes of Andy Carroll and Wayne Rooney missing through injury, Defoe is forging out an excellent reputation as an England player.
His career has been punctured at international level by dips in form, injury and personal dislike from some England coaches.
Fabio Capello gave him more of a role, while he was generally ignored under the dark days of Steve McClaren reign.
Defoe could have scored a hat-trick against the woeful Moldovans but for some tepid finishing but he is in top form which is excellent news for both club and country.
He has shown us all again what he is capable of and it could well be the biggest football year in the life of Jermain Defoe.
After the tough personal year he has had, he deserves some good fortune and success.
By Josh Harris
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