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Jun 262010
 

Tomorrow is England v Germany in what is a massive must win game, the streets will be dead for 90mins, you will hear cheers from houses on your street should England score. There surely is nothing like the World Cup to unite the nation. Well with the nation united I am now probably going to divide us Spurs fans with one not so simple question. Defoe or Klinsmann.

Following on from my previous blog on Modric or Ginola (you can still have your say here Modric or Ginola) I have decided as it is the long awaited World Cup revenge match between England and German that I would do the same again but with a present Spurs legend Defoe and another historic Tottenham legend in Jurgen Klinsmann.

Klinsmann scored a total of 30 Premiership goals for Tottenham in 2 seperate spells in the 90s. His first spell came in 1994/95 where he scored on his debut against Sheffield Wednesday followed by the infamous Klinsmann dive celebration. Klinsmann finished the league season with 21 goals and won the footballer of the year award before his controversial departure to Bayern Munich, much to the disgust of then Spurs chairman Sir Alan Sugar. In a twist of fate Klinsmann returned to the club in the 1998/99 season for a loan spell towards the end of the season where he helped save Tottenham for relegation with 9 goals in 15 games, most noticably 4 goals agaisnt Wimbledon.

Jermain Defoe joined the club in 2004 following the relegation of his then club West Ham United. Like Klinsmann, Defoe has also had 2 spells at the club. His first spell from 2004 to 2008 saw Defoe net 43 goals in 139 games, however although not as good as Klinsmann’s record, you need to take into account that Defoe fell out of favour with Martin Jol and made a lot of appearances from the subs bench. Defoe unlike Klinsmann was sold to Portsmouth but it was more the clubs decision rather than Jermain wanting to leave, if he had been playing on a regular basis he would no doubt have wanted to stay. Harry Redknapp was the appointed manager and resigned Defoe in 2009 and to the present day Defoe still plays his football at the lane, so far scoring 21 goals in 42 games.

Although both players are from a different era although not too far apart, which one would you want in your team today if both were still playing. Although because he is English and is at Tottenham at present I am swaying towards Defoe although something tells me Klinsmann was the more complete striker and had more to his game than Defoe. So I think if someone put a gun to my head and made me make a choice I would although a tough decision opt for Jurgen, but only just. Lets see what you guys think, and remember if you want to have your say on the Modric or Ginola article you can find it here Modric or Ginola.

Stay tuned as I will be doing more of these in the future, it’s not nice to have to chose between iconic Spurs players but then again who ever said I was nice.

Jun 242010
 

He showed why he should have been in the England team in the first place, he’s Jermain Defoe. It’s about time, Defoe might not touch the ball a lot during the 90mins but what he does give is the constant threat. The opposition defenders always have to be on guard when up against Defoe because of his blistering pace. Defoe will play off the shoulder and cause any defence havoc.

Up next it’s the Germans, sure we can play Heskey…. if we want to go out. We all know Rooney likes playing up front with Heskey, but why should Rooney get to decide who he plays with when Defoe is more likely to get a goal than both of them put together?. For reasons I can’t understand, Heskey seems to be in front of Peter Crouch in the pecking order. I’ve heard people say this is because Crouch doesn’t deliver agaisnt the big teams, well thats because he always gets dropped even though his goal to game record speaks for itself, and can you seriously tell me that Heskey delivers in any game?. Seriously there is more chance of a goal if he put Rob Green up front. Today agaisnt Slovenia he Capello brought Heskey on again and it looked like he had been told to help the back four defend, if that was the case why the hell didn’t he just bring Dawson on? I can’t understand for the life of me what is so special with Emile Heskey, can somebody help me out with that one?.

Anyway I was much impressed with the England performance and attitude today, the lads kept going for goal untill the final whistle. To me the formation was the main reason because if the manager sets out a positive formation the players think positive. I feel sorry for the England team because the pressure this country and the press put on these boys shoulders is second to none. I am confident the players will up their game agaisnt the Germans in the last 16, let’s just hope they practice penalties, and if it does come down to penalties once again, would Defoe fancy having a go?. He told Sky Sports News  “definately” but us Spurs fans know all too well that Defoe although always confident from the spot,doesn’t have the greatest record.

Back to Defoe, I am so chuffed for him, he has deserved this moment, after being dropped at the last minute for Euro 2004 and World Cup 2006, he must have thought he would never get his chance. To his credit he has kept doing the business for Tottenham and Portsmouth and scored a few important goals for England along the way. He is prone to a dip in form every few months but drop him at your peril because whenever he is on the pitch he is a goal threat and the opposing defenders know that, he causes them to have to play deep through the threat of his pace.

This sunday will see the first England V Germany meeting in a major finals since Euro 2000 where England won 1-0 to an Alan Shearer goal. The rivalry will flair up once again. On paper England have some superstars and probably the better team but games aren’t played on paper unfortunatley. The Germans have so much pedigree when it comes to major tournaments and are no mugs, in fact you can probably count on the fact that they are a organized disciplined unit than England are. It will prove to be a mouth watering encounter. The England team have come under fire recently, however if we knock the Germans out all will be forgiven. One thing is for sure, it will be criminal not to start Defoe having just watched his press conference on Sky Sports News. He looks like a man oozing with confidence and he is no doubt hungry for more goals