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.
— England (@England) March 16, 2017
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.
YES DEFOE FOR ENGLAND
— jamie (@butlerwwfc) March 16, 2017
So happy for Defoe
— 21 21 21 (@RVC__) March 16, 2017
JERMAIN DEFOE IS BACK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
— Richard Amofa (@_RichardAmofa) March 16, 2017
Defoe named in England squad. Go on son #England
— Sarah Bassett (@MissSBassett) March 16, 2017
Regardless of how much Defoe deserves it. He's only there because Kane can't be. I'd refuse it if I was him.
— Adrian John Wilton (@AdeWilt13) March 16, 2017
Nothing has made me day more than Defoe been called for the England squad. Over the moon the lil belta❤
— alisha (@Alishabeth__) March 16, 2017
DEFOE WILL GET INJURED 100%. JUST OUR LUCK!
— Crichton (@MattyCrichton) March 16, 2017
Defoe ???????????????? about time! #England
— Jonny Bennett (@bennett_jonny) March 16, 2017
Jermain Defoe is in the England team! Well deserved.
— Kansas SZN (@ChiKidChris17) March 16, 2017
Absolutely buzzing for Defoe, what a legend
— Lauren Howard (@laurenhowaard) March 16, 2017
Buzzing for Defoe like. The boost the little feller needs to fire us to safety ????
— Alex Devine (@ASDevine95) March 16, 2017
— Andy Pirie (@apirie) March 16, 2017
Jermaine Defoe is back in the England squad, it's been a long time coming
— mason d'olivera (@masondolivera_) March 16, 2017
It's about time an England manager put some respect on Jermaine Defoe's name. Rate that.
— Jamie -Jay (@jjlsmith7) March 16, 2017