Thursday kickoff: Defoe out six weeks, FIFA vists D.C., more

Thursday kickoff: Defoe out six weeks, FIFA vists D.C., more

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Thursday kickoff: Defoe out six weeks, FIFA vists D.C., more

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Jermain Defoe is Strechered Off England 2010/11 Switzerland V England (1-3) Group G 07/09/10 UEFA Euro2012 Qualifier Photo Robin Parker Fotosports International Photo via Newscom

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England and Tottenham will be without Jermain Defoe for at least six weeks after the striker injured his ankle in England's 3-1 victory over Switzerland on Tuesday.

Defoe is off to a blazing start to the season, netting a hat trick against Bulgaria and scoring in Tottenham's Champions League qualifier versus Young Boys.

This is the latest in a string of injuries for the Three Lions, who lost Michael Dawson to a knee injury and Theo Walcott to an ankle strain over the past week. 

Here are some other stories to start your day going.

FIFA officials continue USA bid tour

FIFA's inspection of the United States' bid for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups continued yesterday in Washington D.C. A breakfast at the White House was followed by a visit to George Mason University, a proposed training site. Joining the delegation was former USMNT captain John Harkes. The tour of the nation's capital was rounded out by a visit to FedEx Field, one of the 21 possible stadiums to be used during the tournament.

The delegation then flew to Miami to inspect the Miami Beach Convention Center, a proposed site for the Finals draw. FIFA will conclude its tour today with visits to Cowboy Stadium in Dallas and Houston. 

Quakes hire stadium architect

The San Jose Earthquakes have hired an architect to design a new soccer-specific stadium near the San Jose airport. Design firm 360 Architecture, the designers of the New Meadowlands Stadium, will design stadiums for both the Earthquakes and the Oakland Athletics, who are eying a move to San Jose. Both teams are owned by Lew Wolff.

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