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Redknapp: Defoe 'best in England'.

Summary: Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp believes Jermain Defoe is the finest finisher available to England boss Fabio Capello.

Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp believes Jermain Defoe is the finest finisher available to England boss Fabio Capello.

His striker produced the best individual goalscoring performance in the Premier League for a decade, striking five times against Wigan.

Tottenham's 9-1 demolition of the Pie-Eaters at White Hart Lane, matched Alan Shearer's haul for Newcastle against Sheffield Wednesday in 1999.

Capello has not always automatically chosen Defoe, but the 27-year-old is putting forward a compelling case to go to the World Cup in 2010 after the misery of missing out in favour of Theo Walcott in 2006.

Redknapp said: "He's an amazing finisher. When you look at England strikers, Wayne Rooney's fantastic - a complete all-round player - but as a finisher, Defoe is the best out there.

"I'm sure he'll go to the World Cup. Fabio Capello will see the goals he's scored, the way he's got stronger this season and is using his upper body strength a bit more and holding people off, and he will be impressed.

"This could be a great season for him."

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