LITESPORT 34 Thursday, 13 August 2009 London Lite SVENS SNUB JERMAIN DEFOE believes missing out on the last World Cup was a blessing in disguiseashesteppeduphisbidfor2010 inclusionwithamatchsavingbracelast night. The Spurs striker was overlooked three years ago by Sven-Goran Eriks- son, who took the barmy decision of selecting 16-year-old Premier League virgin Theo Walcott instead. And Defoe revealed he is using that bittermemorytoensurehistorydoesnt repeat itself this time around. He said: What happened to me in the last World Cup is a massive motivation for me. Sometimes people say disappoint- mentisablessing.If thingsgoyourway all the time in life then you may get complacent. You want that fire in your belly and thistimeIdefinitelyhavethatfireinmy bellybecauseof whathappenedin2006. Idefinitelydontwanttogothroughthat again. Its only normal when the World Cup comes around that you think about the previous one. I wasnt there at the last one, I was so close. I want to make sure Im there. Playing in the World Cup is the pin- nacle. Obviously its a long way off and I just want to have a good season, keep myself fit and get as many goals as I can for my club and for England as well. Defoe did his chances of boarding the plane to South Africa next summer no harm at all in Amsterdam by rescuing Fabio Capellos side from what looked, at half-time, like being a sizeable defeat. The26-year-oldreplacedEmileHeskey at the break and took just four minutes to make his presence tell -- latching onto Frank Lampards lofted pass and clipping a clever left-footed finish around Maarten Stekelenburg. Green flags up importance of Hammers form ROBERT GREEN says he is determined to impress with West Ham this season after properly settling into life as an international goalkeeper. The 29-year-old earned his fifth England cap last night in the 2-2 friendly draw against Holland in Amsterdam, getting the nod following injuries to David James and Ben Foster. But with competition so fierce -- with Paul Robinson, Scott Carson and Joe Hart also in contention -- Green believes that Three Lions boss Fabio Capello will judge his goalkeepers on how well they perform in Premier League action. The West Ham No1 reckons he is now more relaxed playing for England and is desperate to cement his place ahead of the World Cup next summer. The manager will watch all of us at games throughout the season and see how we are doing in club football, he explained. For the first time your form will be really taken into account so the importance to keep your focus and form throughout the League season is paramount. Im sure David James will come back fitter and stronger than ever. There are a number of other guys wanting the shirt and whoever is on form will get it. I feel I am finding my feet at international level. This was the most comfortable I have ever felt in the international scene. It was an enjoyable game against Holland and one that I felt more at ease in than ever before, he added. The carrot of the World Cup is the biggest there is. To play for a country like England is a massive fillip and achievement. by neil martin Good job Rob: Green saves from Dirk Kuyt for England last night Inbrief Weve just Scot to regroup fast lSCOTLAND boss George Burley admits his side dont deserve to get into the World Cup if they cant win their next two games. After being thrashed 4-0 by Norway last night, the Scots now face two crucial home games against Macedonia and Holland next month. And Burley insisted: I think six points will be enough. Nothing has changed. It was a disastrous result but its gone. Gifts from Gab dont faze Tosh lDANNY GABBIDON has been backed despite enduring a tough time in his comeback for Wales against Montenegro last night. The West Ham defender, playing his first international since November 2007, gave away a penalty and failed to prevent the second goal in a 2-1 defeat. But Wales boss John Toshack said: I have no problem with Gabbidon. It was just good to see him back on the pitch for us. Duffs not in a huff for Ireland lDAMIEN DUFF is adamant his Republic of Ireland team-mates will shake off last nights 3-0 home friendly defeat against Australia and qualify for the World Cup. Giovanni Trapattonis side, currently second in their group, take on Cyprus in a qualifier next month and Duff said: We know well be better in a few weeks time and thats the result we want. Well just look at this as a blip in a pre-season friendly. Jonny gamble wasnt Worth it lNIGEL WORTHINGTON believes he was right to leave Manchester United defender Jonny Evans out of Northern Irelands 1-1 draw with Israel last night. Worthington admits he had Uniteds interests in mind, given that Nemanja Vidic is currently ruled out with a calf injury. Jonny woke up with a stiff ankle on the day of the game, he said. I wasnt going to risk him for us or with Manchester United either. Hughes still on Lescotts trail lMANCHESTER CITY boss Mark Hughes has not given up hope of signing Everton defender Joleon Lescott. City have already had bids of 15m and 18m turned down for the unsettled England international. Hughes said: We are still trying to speak to the people who will ultimately make the decision over whether or not the deal continues. Those conversations are still to take place. HOLLAND...... 2 ENGLAND...... 2 INTERNATIONAL FRIENDLY by james goldman Jermain man: Defoe nips in ahead of Shaun Wright-Phillips and converts James Milners low cross to draw England level, right, and is congratulated by Ashley Cole, left H index.html2.html3.html4.html5.html6.html7.html8.html9.html10.html11.html12.html13.html14.html15.html16.html17.html18.html19.html20.html21.html22.html23.html24.html25.html26.html27.html28.html29.html30.html31.html32.html33.html34.html35.html