Defoe's delight at England inclusion

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Jermain Defoe has said that he is 'delighted' to have been named in England's squad for Euro 2012.

Newly-appointed boss, Roy Hodgson named Tottenham's striker in his 23-man squad ahead of the finals this summer in Poland and Ukraine.

The 29-year-old, who has been capped 46 times for England and scored 15 goals, will be playing in his second major tournament having found the back of the net in the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.

"I thought the World Cup was a fantastic experience and to have the opportunity to represent England at another major tournament is amazing," Defoe told Tottenham's official website.

"I'm delighted because I knew last summer I had a massive season coming up and I worked hard on my fitness to be as sharp as possible. I think that work has paid off."

Defoe, who made his England senior debut against Sweden in 2004, has scored 17 goals in 38 appearances for Spurs this season which takes him to 10th in the club's all-time top goalscorers list.

He will also be joined by Spurs teammate Scott Parker who has had a strong season, but Kyle Walker will miss out due to a toe injury.

England who line up against Ukraine, France and Sweden in Group D, will play their first game against Les Bleus at the Donbass Arena in Donetsk on June 11.

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