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TORONTO -- Striker Jermain Defoe says he is back to 100 per cent and ready to play for Toronto FC -- and England. "Its been really frustrating because when you get off to a good start, you just want it to continue as long as possible," said Defoe, who scored three goals in his first two games in Major League Soccer before being sidelined with a hamstring strain in late March. "But it happens. Its football, you get little niggles. Luckily enough it wasnt something that was too serious. It was just a case of resting and doing your rehab stuff. But yeah it feels fine now. I feel 100 per cent. Ive worked really hard. So maybe Ill come back stronger than I was before, which is important for the team." Saturdays game against the visiting New England Revolution (3-3-2) will mark five weeks since Defoe walked off the field favouring his hamstring in the 61st minute of a 3-0 loss to Real Salt Lake. Thanks to a bye, he only missed three games with Toronto (3-3-0) going 1-2-0 in his absence. Defoe, speaking to reporters after practice Tuesday, rubbished the suggestion that the injury layoff may affect his chances at making Englands World Cup squad. England manager Roy Hodgson plans to name his 23-man roster on May 13. "I missed three games. It happens in football, players get injured," said the 31-year-old Defoe, who has won 55 caps for England. "But if you miss three games and that changes the fact that you could, I dont know, go to a tournament, thats crazy." Manager Ryan Nelsen says he has not heard from the English camp. "Not yet," he said. Defoe, for one, does think much talk is needed. "I dont feel like I need to sell myself to anyone because Ill just let my football do the talking. Ive done that since I made my professional debut at 17 ... Im sure the manager knows what I can do." Defoe said not only is he 100 per cent physically, he feels stronger than he did before. Toronto FC officials have said privately they had to put the brakes on Defoe, who has acknowledges he is not known for his patience during injury layoffs. Defoes final days at Tottenham were marred by another hamstring injury. "Its a case of just getting it (the hamstring) strong again. Maybe I didnt do that before," he said. "I think now Ive really given it time to heal," he added. Defoe said his style of plays lends itself to hamstring issues -- "sometimes I go from a standing still position to get up to full speed." Toronto has had a spate of hamstring injuries this season with midfielders Jonathan Osorio, Alvaro Rey and Dwayne De Rosario all missing action. The club has said having to train longer than usual on artificial turf because of the harsh winter has not helped matters. Ironically it would have liked to have been able to practise under the bubble on turf Tuesday because of a downpour. But with the bubble about to come down, the lighting system had been dismantled and so they endured the rain outside. The good news is that the walking wounded are returning after the bye week. Osorio is already back in action while Nelsen says Rey, De Rosario and centre back Doneil Henry (knee) are "very close" to returning. Nelsen says the only player definitely out for this weekends game is midfielder Jeremy Hall (Achilles). Striker Bright Dike (Achilles) is also a long-term injury absence. Star U.S. midfielder Michael Bradley, who has been nursing a variety of ailments, is also doing well. Injuries have hampered Nelsen in blending his squad, which features three new designated players in Defoe, Bradley and Brazilian striker Gilberto and as many as five other new starters since last season. Two weeks ago against Colorado, he was unable to assemble a fully healthy bench. While Toronto has given up seven goals in six games, it has scored just six with Defoe accounting for three of them Toronto is getting healthy at the right time. After three games in April, Toronto has six in May including a home-and-away series with the Vancouver Whitecaps in the Amway Canadian Championship. Three of the four league games are at home so May represents a chance to harvest points. With Bradley, Brazilian goalie Julio Cesar and possibly Defoe joining their national teams at the end of May ahead of the World Cup, points may be harder to come by later. While Defoe has not yet heard from Hodgson, Cesar says he reached out to Luiz Felipe Scolari to invite him to Toronto after reading that the Brazil coach had visited players in Europe. "I was a little bit jealous," Cesar said with a smile. Cheap Air Max Tn Plus Gold . A broadcast source said the deal is for five years. 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Peko, a fourth-round pick in 2006, started all 16 games and a playoff loss to San Diego last season. He was second on the line with 72 tackles and had a career-high three sacks.Ireland waited 111 years for a victory against New Zealand and now have the chance to grab a second in 15 days when they meet in Dublin on Saturday, live on Sky Sports 2 HD from 4.45pm. Irelands 40-29 victory in Chicago ended the All Blacks 18-game winning streak and are now primed for a furious backlash at the Aviva Stadium.As Steve Hansen and Joe Schmidt argue over who is favourites for Saturdays rematch, Ireland skipper Rory Best has challenged his side to scale new heights in performance to pull off another victory. Can Ireland make further history and beat the back-to-back world champions for a second time? 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Few teams have managed to shut down the wily operator, so Ireland have to do just that in order to produce another victory.Dagg ushered in to counter Irelands aerial game Israel Dagg scored New Zealands fourth try in their win over Italy last Saturday Battering ram wing Waisake Naholo has been relegated to New Zealands bench for failing to cope with Irelands tactical kicking strategy in Chicago.dddddddddddd.Naholo floundered as Irelands aerial bombardment paid huge dividend at Soldier Field. Picked to power through the middle of the field with ball in hand, instead Naholo wound up too often clutching at straws as Ireland gained front-foot ball through Johnny Sexton and Conor Murrays inch-perfect kicking game. Did you know? Half-backs Conor Murray and Johnny Sexton account for 54 of the last 91 points Ireland have scored against New Zealand. Hansen has picked Israel Dagg on the wing in the hope New Zealand can this time shut down one of Irelands primary sources of attacking platforms.OBrien can terrorise NZ again New Zealand were surprised Sean OBrien was not selected for the Chicago Test When Ireland ran New Zealand all the way in their 24-22 defeat in Dublin 2013, for the first hour back-rower Sean OBrien struck fear into the stunned All Blacks.New Zealands overtime converted try to steal the game has since been well documented, with the All Blacks exploiting that last-gasp victory in order to boost their unbeatable aura.Irelands win in Chicago has dented that invincibility of course though, and fit-again flanker OBrien can once again ruin New Zealands claim to immortality.The Leinster star is just about approaching full tilt and can easily repeat his barnstorming 2013 showing.Spare a thought for OMahony Peter OMahony has missed out on selection, with Sean OBrien named in the back row and Josh van der Flier on the bench Munster flanker Peter OMahony has proved one of Irelands most potent and dependable performers over the last five years.So it must have been with a heavy heart that Ireland boss Joe Schmidt once again omitted the bullish back-rower from his line-up to face New Zealand.OMahony would have been frustrated but accepting of missing the Chicago match, still fighting back to full fitness as he was after his long-term battles with knee trouble.But this week he has been in full flight, so to miss a second match against the worlds best side in as many weeks must cut deep. 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