So the boy Defoe has done the business. Between him and Harry Redknapp, Tottenham appear to be securing a good few headlines.
The absence of Aaron Lennon is due to injury we’re told. To what extent he’ll be sidelined we don’t yet know. I think it’s safe to say King is crocked.
But if Jermain is getting all the attention on the pitch, it’s the Spurs manager getting a chunk off of it. His down to earth, common sense approach has only served to elevate his profile as the prospective ‘manager in waiting’, for when Fabio retires.
I think that there is very little chance of this happening. I mean, have you not heard about those Levy contracts?
David James His display against Slovenia was his most assured yet. Reassurances of his age and experience now might begin to count again.
John Terry A man so daft that it almost defies analysis. Mounts a one man insurrection no one else knew about and then has to apologize for it. Good football, two bob human.
Jamie Carragher Good stuff. Occasionally.
Steven Gerrard A ropey first game, a good second and an outstanding third.
Shaun Wright Phillips Yet to make an impact?
Peter Crouch Off the pace so far, but may offer options should England get past Ze Germans.
Emile Heskey Some say he’s great. But do others tell the truth?