Jermain Defoe welcomed back into England fold, fans react

Sunderland striker Jermain Defoe has received the call that he has been waiting for since 2014.

The 34-year-old has been named in Gareth Southgate’s England squad for the upcoming World Cup qualifier against Lithuania and a friendly with Germany.

The argument for Defoe’s return to the international fold has been rumbling for some time, particularly this season due to his current form.

Sunderland are having a torrid campaign at the bottom of the table having picked up just 19 points from 27 Premier League games, but individually, Defoe is doing well.

The former Tottenham Hotspur striker has scored 14 goals in the top flight so far, and his inclusion in Southgate’s squad may have been helped along by Harry Kane’s injury.

The Spurs forward was forced to withdraw from contention after suffering ankle ligament damage last weekend.

Defoe now has the chance to represent his country for the first time since his outing against Chile on November 15, 2013.

The forward, who has 55 international caps to his name, was called up to the Three Lions squad in 2014 but did not make an appearance.

After the England squad was confirmed, fans took to Twitter to express their thoughts on Defoe’s return.

 


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