England striker Jermain Defoe ready for 'Premier League' friendly

Jermain Defoe: Ready for a tough test against Republic of Ireland

England striker Jermain Defoe feels Wednesday's friendly with Republic of Ireland at Wembley could be more like a Premier League game than an international fixture.

Roy Hodgson's side face Ireland for the first time since 1995, with Giovanni Trapattoni's side set to feature predominantly British-based players.

England then fly down to Rio de Janeiro to play Brazil on Sunday but Defoe is focused on Wednesday's game.

"It's not a friendly to be honest and I am sure the fans are really looking forward to it, it's a great fixture," Tottenham forward Defoe told Sky Sports News.

"It's going to be a tough game, it might be like a Premier League game with the intensity and maybe different to a normal international."

Jermain Defoe

"It's going to be a tough game, it might be like a Premier League game with the intensity and maybe different to a normal international.

"I am looking forward to it, it should be a really good game. Obviously being at home, we will be looking to win."

Manchester United midfielder Michael Carrick is looking forward to the opportunity for the squad to work together, with their thoughts already turning to the back-to-back World Cup qualifiers against Moldova and Ukraine in September.

Hodgson's charges are second in the Group H table, two points behind Montenegro, who they face at Wembley on 11 October.

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"We are looking to improve and progress as a team and to ultimately get better," said Carrick.

"We have played some good stuff in the groups over the last months and we are in a decent position in the group but there are things we need to improve on.

"We have two good games coming up and that just changes the focus away from being with your club.

"It puts the mind into World Cup mode and on how we can get there."