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Vote: Should Jermain Defoe start instead of Emile Heskey against Croatia?

Has the little guy earned a place in the starting XI?

Jermain Defoe

With nothing of particular interest arising from England’s friendly victory over Slovenia at the weekend, the papers are awash with the debate surrounding the England frontline.

In-form Jermain Defoe has bagged eight goals in ten appearances under Fabio Capello, which is twice as good as Wayne Rooney’s rate of return in the same period, and better than the tally that Emile William Ivanhoe Heskey has managed in the past ten years.

Under Capello’s maxim of ‘form wins places’, the Tottenham star is a shoe-in for a starting role. However, the obvious counter argument is that Wayne Rooney needs a strike partner with Heskey’s strength, height and ability to hold up the ball in order to operate at his best. And considering how Croatia tried to kick seven shades out of their opponents the last time they visited Wembley, such a physical presence from the outset could prove crucial.

So, should the serial WAG boffer retain his highly successful ‘supersub’ status, or should he get to wear number 9 at Wembley on Wednesday? Votes and comments below, please…

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