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 Posted by ESPN Staff
Jun 9, 2006

Departing Defoe praised for positive attitude

Jermain Defoe has left England's World Cup camp in Germany after ending his stand-by duties.

Sven-Goran Eriksson invited Defoe to stay with the squad after spending a month as cover for Wayne Rooney but the Spurs striker has decided to head for home.

Striker Rooney has been declared fit for the tournament after recovering swiftly from a broken foot.

The deadline for England to replace injured players passes today at 2pm and Defoe will not be in the 23-man squad.

The 23-year-old misses out but Eriksson thought it might be a good experience for him to stay for a few days and sample the World Cup atmosphere.

The decision was left to Defoe, however, because the England boss understood it would be difficult for him once the tournament got under way.

When Eriksson's team takes the field in Frankfurt On Saturday, the 12 squad players who do not start will put on their kit and sit on the bench.

Even Rooney will be there in his England shirt despite having no chance of taking the field against Paraguay On Saturday.

Eriksson can use any three subs but Defoe would have to take his place in the stands.

Defoe has impressed Eriksson and his England team-mates with his work-rate attitude during the last month.