Jermain Defoe confident of Tottenham progression without Gareth Bale

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Tottenham Hotspur striker Jermain Defoe believes Spurs can secure their passage to the Europa League quarter-finals even though they will be without talisman Gareth Bale for the second leg of their tie against Inter Milan.

Welsh winger Bale was booked for simulation in yesterday's 3-0 rout at White Hart Lane and is suspended for the return encounter at the San Siro, yet England international Defoe is still confident of progression.

"Hopefully we've done enough," Defoe told ITV. "But it's always going to be difficult going there with their home fans and they're still a top side.

"It's going to be difficult but saying that, if we play the way we played tonight over there then we shouldn't have any problems."

It was Bale's fourth yellow card for diving this season and his suspension means he will be unable to replicate his magnificent performance from 2010, where he scored a hat-trick in a 4-3 loss in Milan.

But Bale should not be needed by Tottenham, who head into the second leg with a three-goal cushion. Bale headed Spurs into the lead inside the first five minutes and Gylfi Sigurdsson prodded home a rebound shortly afterwards. Belgian centre-back Jan Vertonghen rounded off the victory by heading in a corner in the second half.

This was Defoe's first Spurs start since the beginning of February and he completed the full 90 minutes on his return from injury.

Defoe said: "It's always nice to get back playing after an injury, I felt strong.

"In the squad and a good result so I'm delighted."

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