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VANCOUVER -- Toronto FC head coach Ryan Nelsen was surprised to see star striker Jermain Defoe left off Englands 23-man World Cup squad, but he knows that snub could pay dividends in the long run for their Major League Soccer outfit. Vans Sk8 Hi Noir . Defoe failed to make England manager Roy Hodgsons team announced Monday, instead being named to a seven-man standby list that will only be used in the event of injuries in the leadup to the tournament in Brazil. The 31-year-old Defoe is healthy, scoring goals in MLS and could well take out his frustration at being left out by Hodgson on opponents in North America. "You never like to take benefit from other peoples agony, if you know what I mean," Nelsen said Tuesday. "If Jermain stays with us, hes probably going to be motivated to prove a lot of people wrong, which I suppose is nice for us." That could come as early as Wednesday night when Toronto FC visits the Vancouver Whitecaps in the second leg of the Amway Canadian Championship semifinal. Toronto holds a 2-1 lead after a victory at home in the first leg last week. Even though its a boost for his team, Nelsen also couldnt hide his disappointment. "Obviously devastated for Jermain. Its surprising," he said. "I dont know how Roy Hodgson picks his team. Its a surprising decision -- gutted for the man. I know Ive played against all those guys and I know with 10, 15 minutes to go in a World Cup, I know who Id want with the ball at his feet in front of the net." Defoe said he was stunned not to be heading to Brazil after figuring into all but two of Hodgsons matchday squads prior to this announcement. "I was shocked, like you can imagine," Defoe said after training at B.C. Place Stadium. "Especially when youve been involved in every squad, and then for some reason youre not included. But (I) always remain positive and just continue doing what Im doing. Ive come over here and done exactly what I used to do at home and thats play well and score goals." A veteran of the 2010 World Cup who has scored 19 times in 55 games for his country, Defoe added that he didnt think his move from the English Premier League to MLS had anything to do with Hodgsons decision. "Ive been here two months. Does it really change much? I dont think so," he said. "I mentioned before the squad was announced that the manager, he knows most of the players, even before he was manager. He knows the players. I think the fact of me being here two months, that shouldnt play a factor at all." England is bringing four strikers to the World Cup, including Wayne Rooney, Daniel Sturridge, Danny Welbeck and Rickie Lambert. Defoe said that despite this disappointment, he will remain available for England selection. "Im not going to retire (from the national team) just because someone doesnt put me in a squad," he said. "I would never do that. I would never turn my back on my country because I still feel like Ive got a lot to offer. The games Ive played and just being involved with England over the years, its been great. "I think my record speaks for itself and Ill just try and continue to work hard and enjoy my football." Defoe will remain with Toronto FC and only join up with England if called upon. He added that Hodgson told him: "He wants to go with the young kids. Thats it." Toronto midfielder Michael Bradley, who was named to the U.S. 30-man provisional roster and will leave to meet up with the American camp after Wednesdays game in Vancouver, said he was disappointed for his club teammate. "He and I have developed a really good relationship since weve come (to Toronto), both on the field and off the field," said Bradley, who along with Defoe, joined Toronto FC in a big-money off-season deal. "Ive seen first-hand what a great player he is, what a great person he is and I know how much it meant to him, so on a personal level I know were all really disappointed for him. "Hes taken it exactly how youd expect -- committed and ready to keep going, keep fighting, keep scoring goals here and do as much as he can to help us win in Toronto." With about a month to go before the World Cup, Defoe said he will continue to work hard in MLS and see what happens. "Its still a long way to go. You never know what happens, people get injured, but at the same time if it doesnt happen, then it doesnt happen," he said. "I wish the team good luck, all the young players that are in the squad, I wish them good luck because Ive had that experience, been at a World Cup, and its the best feeling ever. Its special." 20:21ET 13-05-14 Slip On Femme Noir . Vinci also beat Dulgheru last week in Bucharest en route to her first WTA final in a year. Vinci next faces sixth-seeded Kurumi Nara of Japan, who beat Czech qualifier Katerina Siniakova 7-6 (5), 6-7 (3), 6-2. No. Af1 Basse Pas Cher . Jeff Carter had two goals and an assist as the Kings stretched their streak to seven wins in a row with a 4-2 victory over the Edmonton Oilers on Sunday. http://www.basketsliponpascher.fr/ . Nine-year veteran Danny Granger did not make his debut with the Clippers because of a technicality on the teams active list, which is signed by coach Doc Rivers before every game and relayed to the officials. Grangers name was printed by hand by a member of the public relations staff under the heading: "Updated Roster Additions," but the number on the sheet was not circled along with the other active players by the required deadline of 6:30 p.Tamsin Greenway believes Surrey Storm have created a winning culture and are capable of completing a hat-trick of Superleague title wins next season. Greenway, who is Director of Netball at Surrey, watched proudly from the sidelines as the Storm retained the Vitality Netball Superleague trophy with a 55-53 win over Manchester Thunder in Saturdays Grand Final.Storm entered the match as underdogs against the top-placed Thunder, but Greenway paid tribute to a special group and expects Storm to challenge for a third successive title. Watch the Grand Final highlights You know what, that group was a special group, she told Sky Sports. Whether the group stays together, whether there are retirements, whether there are new players coming in - what Storm has now is an environment where some of those youngsters have seen what a winning culture we have. I think that becomes hard to break. I cant believe that Storm wont be knocking on the door come finals time. Tamsin Greenway I totally believe that whatever happens next year at Storm, weve built a culture that can play to the top of its game and actually believe they can win things.I cant believe that Storm wont be knocking on the door come finals time. Reaction from both camps Surrey have built their team around a strong pool of homegrown talent, but Greenway would consider strengthening the squad with an overseas player from the ANZ championship. Old Skool Noir Homme. Perfect netball player What qualities are needed to reach the top in netball? Its been interesting this year because weve made a real stand about saying we want fully English players, said Greenway, who is also the England U21 head coach. We want to get youth on court and I think they have been fantastic.As always, take a few weeks off to reflect with the older players, see what they want to do. There is always a few people that want to stop. There will be player movement, players going off left, right and centre Im sure. Surrey Storms Mikki Austin reflects on their title win There will be opportunities to get players from the ANZ. Ive been really impressed with the imports that people have brought in this year and to see what they have brought to the team as well.I never ever say never to anything. Our plan next year will to be really competitive, to make finals, and to have the best team in place to do that. What that looks like will be the decision over the next few months. 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