Defoe upbeat over England
Striker believes unbeaten qualifying campaign is possible
Last Updated: September 12, 2012 4:05pm
Jermain Defoe: Does not think anyone will beat England during World Cup qualifying
Jermain Defoe believes England can stay unbeaten throughout their qualifying campaign for the 2014 World Cup.
England were three minutes away from losing a competitive game at home for the first time in five years on Tuesday before a late penalty from Frank Lampard salvaged a point against Ukraine.
A draw saw them drop from first to second in the Group Eight with tough-looking trips to Poland, Montenegro and Ukraine still to come.
But Defoe claimed he had no fear at any stage and is sure that England have the right mentality to make it through the rest of the fixtures.
"We've got a lot of games left to play. It doesn't look like we're going to get beaten, to be fair," Defoe said.
"We're playing games and we believe we won't get beaten. So that's good we've got a winning mentality. Just unlucky that we didn't actually win the game."
Defoe thought he had opened the scoring at Wembley only for his spectacular strike to be controversially chalked off due to a push in the build-up.
"It doesn't look like we're going to get beaten, to be fair."
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But, overall, the night could be considered a success for Defoe as the striker played the full match for the first time in his 51 caps for his country.
"It's always nice when you get to play, helps your confidence. I'm playing with good players. It makes it a lot easier," he added.
"And even if I'm playing that lone role up front on my own, it's not a problem. The lads get close to me, service is good, and it's something I'm enjoying."
Danny Welbeck also refused to be downbeat after the draw, insisting that England were happy to build on their victory over Moldova with another point.
"Ukraine were a really difficult side to come up against and they showed that today. They've got a few good players and the goal they scored was outstanding," Welbeck told the FA's official website.
"I think the team dug in really well and in the end we were happy with the 1-1 draw."
He added: "Every single game we go into we want to try and get three points, unluckily (against Ukraine) we didn't get that. But I think we're satisfied we four out of six points from the first two games."