Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Defoe Will Play More Games Now, Vows Jol

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Defoe Will Play More Games Now, Vows Jol

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Byline: WAYNE VEYSEY

MARTIN JOL has pledged to give Jermain Defoe more games, admitting that the England striker is "too good to be on the bench".

Defoe, who has started only one Spurs game since early November, is expected to be recalled for tomorrow's Premiership game against Aston Villa and be given a run in the team while Mido is absent on African Nations Cup duty.

Spurs manager Jol is poised to offload [pounds sterling]2million flop Grzegorz Rasiak during this month's transfer window and remains in the hunt for another target man - but he will give Defoe and Robbie Keane the chance to show they can work as a strike partnership.

Jol said: "As I said before, and I always stick to my word because I try to be fair, I think he will get his games.

He's too good to be on the bench.

"You will see that he will prove a point - to me, to Sven-Goran Eriksson, to everybody. If Jermain is playing well, I think he is one of the most vital members of our team."

The Spurs manager does not believe Defoe's chances of making England's World Cup squad have been harmed by his lack of football in the last two months.

"I still have the confidence and belief in him, maybe more than he does.

He will score his goals," Jol added.

"Everybody, including Sven-Goran Eriksson, will see that he is a very good striker. …

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