Defoe happy with club and country
Jermain Defoe has given his backing to under-fire Spurs boss Andre Villas-Boas as he prepares to win his 50th England cap.
Defoe has linked up with Roy Hodgson's side on the back of signing a new contract and three successive starts in the Barclays Premier League - a rarity for the striker last season.
Villas-Boas has come in for criticism after Tottenham's failure to win any of those trio of games. But Defoe is convinced the former Chelsea manager will prove to be successful at White Hart Lane once Spurs adapt to a new style of play in which so far he has been the only out-and-out forward.
He said: "As players, when you join a new club it takes a while to bed in and it is no different for the manager to be honest.
"When the new manager comes in, straight away you are going to be under pressure. It is a big club but it takes time. It is still early days and it is important to give managers a chance. We've got a good, strong squad at the club and I'm sure it will be fine.
"People say it is the same personnel but it is a different way of playing, a different system this year, so that is going to take time. A lot of the boys haven't played like that before. It is going to take time but I'm sure we will adapt and it will be fine."