England manager Fabio Capello hailed Jermain Defoe after the Tottenham striker scored a hat-trick in England’s first qualifier against Bulgaria. Manchester City’s Adam Johnson also scored his first international goal, but the story of the night was definitely Defoe. It was proof for heavily pressured coach Fabio Capello to select Defoe to partner Wayne Rooney, with whom he struck up a very impressive partnership. In my opinion, Defoe’s finishing was clinical as he gave the three lions the lead after 4 minutes with his first touch of the game. Before essentially ending Bulgaria’s resistance on the hour with a second and then adding a third late on. I personally thought that Defoe was the best outfield player on the pitch, not because of his hat-trick though that was a contributing factor, his movement, composure and overall performance was second to none in my opinion.
Capello also praised Joe Hart for making two fantastic saves, one where he was alert to make a save from a rare mistake from Glen Johnson, and another from Stanislav Angelov which set up Defoe’s second goal. I thought that he weas outstanding and now should be named as England’s first choice keeper. I don’t think that there is a better english keeper than Joe Hart.
The victory at Wembley gets England’s Euro 2012 qualifying campaign, for the tournament in Poland and Ukraine, off to the perfect start and was a much-needed tonic following their abysmal performance during the 2010 World Cup finals in South Africa. However, this was not our toughest test yet so lets not all get carried away as one swallow doesn’t make a summer. The toughest test will be on tuesday when England play Switzerland in Basel.