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Last Updated: Monday, 8 May 2006, 14:05 GMT 15:05 UK
Jol astonished by Defoe omission
Jermain Defoe
Jol thinks Defoe should be in the squad
Tottenham coach Martin Jol cannot believe that Spurs striker Jermain Defoe is only on the standby list for England's World Cup squad.

Jol said: "I think it is amazing that Jermain is not in the squad.

"But with the situation with Wayne Rooney and Michael Owen's fitness I still believe he will be in there."

Another Spurs player, defender Ledley King, missed out through injury and Jol added: "It is all about fitness and he just got his injury at the wrong time."

But England coach Sven-Goran Eriksson says King could still make the World Cup finals despite failing to even make his standby list.

King is unfit after breaking a bone in his foot in April.

I wasn't taking anything for granted but I was very hopeful of being included
Darren Bent
But Eriksson said: "I told Ledley if we have any problems with a central defender at the beginning of June, we will find out what his situation is.

"If he is better then he might become an option. He was disappointed at not being picked but he understood."

Charlton striker Darren Bent says he will book an immediate holiday after being overlooked altogether.

Bent, the top scoring Englishman in the Premiership this season with 18 goals, was not only left out of Eriksson's squad but also the standby list.

"I am obviously really disappointed," Bent said on his agents' website.

"I wasn't taking anything for granted but I was very hopeful of being included. All I can do now is go away on holiday and recharge my batteries."

Aaron (Lennon) is such an exciting talent
Martin Jol
Spurs coach
Tottenham trio Jermaine Jenas, Michael Carrick and Paul Robinson were included in Eriksson's 23-man squad along with team-mate Aaron Lennon.

And Jol said that their selection was reward for their hard work and endeavour during the season.

"Jermaine showed real consistency and he's scored the goals we predicted he would - we asked for six or seven and he did that," added Jol.

"Michael's had such a fantastic season. I said when I took over that he would be our fifth England squad member and I've been proved right.

"Paul was the easy one. I don't really even have to say well done because he's England's number one and he's proved that.

"It's great news for Aaron. He's such an exciting talent. He's developed quickly, he's a bright lad and hopefully he'll play some part."


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