REDKNAPP TIPS JER­MAIN

TOT­TEN­HAM v STEVE­NAGE Live on ESPN, Kick-off 7.30pm

Midweek Sport - - THURSDAY MARCH 8 -

HARRY REDKNAPP has tipped Jer­main Defoe to solve Eng­land’s Euro striker cri­sis – de­spite drop­ping him down the peck­ing or­der at Spurs.

Redknapp has started Defoe once since he fresh­ened his at­tack on dead­line day but plays him tonight as Louis Saha needed fluid drained off his knee af­ter week­end ac­tion.

Defoe will start in the FA Cup fifth-round re­play against Steve­nage look­ing to add to his 13 goals this sea­son.

That is a bet­ter scor­ing record than Danny Wel­beck, Daniel Stur­ridge and Fraizer Camp­bell, who were all in Eng­land’s last squad.

Wayne Rooney is banned for the first two Euro­pean Cham­pi­onship games – and Redknapp be­lieves could fill the gap.

“I am sure that he could,” said the Tot­ten­ham boss. “There is a short­age of strik­ers, isn’t there?

“If you look at Eng­land, Bent is out for the sea­son. So he has ev­ery chance. It is cer­tainly a prob­lem po­si­tion for Eng­land.”

Gareth Bale has re­cov­ered from ill­ness and looks set to start along­side Scott Parker, who is back from sus­pen­sion.

Up­sets

Defoe

Steve­nage man­ager Gary Smith be­lieves his side can cause one of the big­gest up­sets in FA Cup his­tory by beat­ing Tot­ten­ham at White Hart Lane tonight.

“No­body will give us a chance of get­ting a re­sult,” ex-arse­nal scout Smith said.

Boro were a non-league club this time two years ago but Smith gives his team a chance.

“There will be a hell of a lot of be­lief that they can hold this Tot­ten­ham side at bay, and maybe scram­ble a re­sult.

“Whether it be in 90 min­utes, ex­tra-time or penal­ties.”

The win­ners host Bolton in the last eight on March 17.

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