Sunderland veteran set to send bitter rivals down

In a cagey and stretched opening 45 minutes at St. James Park in the North East derby between Newcastle United and Sunderland, a goal before half time from 33 year old Jermain Defoe means the Black Cats are on course for a seventh successive win against the Magpies.

Despite Rafael Benitez men creating very few clear cut chances, the visitors have been the better of the two sides as Sunderland manager Sam Allardyce is on course to put early pressure on his old Spanish foe.

In parts of the match, Defoe was looking uncomfortable as the former FC Toronto attacker was holding his groin and could’ve easily been substituted. However, the former England man produced a typical finish that he has been doing in England’s top flight for many years.

This now means Defoe has 139 Premier League goals, 11th in the all time goal scorers chart in the Premier League and has now scored eight goals in is last nine away games.

With the form Defoe is showing, his undoubted quality and is quest to keep Sunderland in the top tier of English football, Defoe should definitely be considered for a call up to the England squad for EURO 2016 in France in the summer.