LONDON (Sporting Alert) — Striker Jermain Defoe starts tonight for Tottenham in tonight’s Europa League Group K clash against Tromso at White Hart Lane.
The England forward, who has been sitting behind new summer signing Roberto Soldado for the first choice place in the attack this season, will make only his second start of the term, but manager Andre Villas-Boas believes he’s in a good frame of mind despite recently stating that he needs games to help his cause for a place in the World Cup squad.
Soldado starts tonight’s game on the bench, as Villas-Boas makes six adjustments from the team that beat Norwich City 2-0 in the English Premier League on Saturday.
Amongst the others starting tonight are Younes Kaboul, Sandro, Kyle Naughton, Lewis Holtby and big money summer signing Erik Lamela.
Tottenham v Tromso Teams
Tottenham: Lloris, Naughton, Kaboul, Dawson, Rose, Sandro, Dembele, Sigurdsson, Holtby, Lamela, Defoe.
Subs: Friedel, Vertonghen, Paulinho, Soldado, Townsend, Eriksen, Kane.
Tromso: Sahlman, Kristiansen, Fojut, Koppinen, Causevic, Bendiksen, Johansen, Drage, Pritchard, Moldskred, Ondrasek.
Subs: Lekstrom, Nystrom, Andersen, Lars Johnsen, Frantzen, Antonsen, Helmke.
Referee: Livor Kovarik (Czech Rep)