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Defoe dreaming of third

Tottenham striker believes Sunday is Spurs' cup final

Jermain Defoe: Striker dreaming of Champions League football

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Jermain Defoe has told his team-mates to focus on themselves as they bid to secure UEFA Champions League football.

Tottenham have to overhaul Arsenal in third to guarantee a place in the competition, as Chelsea will take the place usually reserved for fourth if they win the trophy in Munich next week.

Spurs face Fulham at White Hart Lane on Sunday, and Defoe believes they have to put events elsewhere at the back of their minds.

"We can't think about the other games and all the other permutations, we just have to think about ourselves," he told Spurs TV Online.

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"It's like a cup final for us on Sunday. We want to be in the Champions League. It's the elite competition.

"I loved everything about it - that music, playing against the best players and the best teams in world, so it's important for the whole club to get back in it."

"Finishing fourth was the goal at the start of the season and if you look at our squad we should be finishing in the top four."

And team-mate Luka Modric thinks it would be a just result if the White Hart Lane side were to snatch third place from their North London rivals.

He said: "To finish third would be an amazing achievement. We deserve to finish third if you look at how we have played over the season."

" We deserve to finish third if you look at how we have played over the season"

Luca Modric

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Meanwhile, Harry Redknapp knows it will be a tough game against Fulham, with former manager Martin Jol returning to the club that sacked him controversially in 2007.

"He won't want to do us any favours, that is for sure," Redknapp said.

"Fulham are playing really well at the moment so it will be a very difficult game for us but we have to win it."