Published: Fri, March 17, 2017
Markets | By Erika Turner

Defoe back for England at age of 34

Defoe back for England at age of 34

In what is probably the least surprising bit of Tottenham Hotspur news you'll read all week, Gareth Southgate has called up three Tottenham players to his England squad for the upcoming global break.

Both Rooney and Kane have damaged their ankle ligaments, while Daniel Sturridge is also unavailable.

Defoe is the top English scorer in the Premier League after Kane, who has 19 goals to his credit.

The Three Lions captain was not called up by Southgate for next week's with Germany in Dortmund and the World Cup qualifier against Lithuania at Wembley on March 26.

"I said, "It's been a long time, I remember you kicking me years ago", but generally, he's a really nice man, to be fair".

The Manchester United talisman is in contention for a place against Middlesbrough at the weekend but for the first time has been told that he is not part of an worldwide squad when technically fit to play.

Gareth Southgate has admitted Luke Shaw's inclusion in his England squad was an attempt to boost his confidence after only starting once game for Manchester United in five months.

It is that form which has earned Defoe a recall to the England squad for the first time since 2013 for upcoming games against Germany and Lithuania.

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The 34-year-old goal machine is now a crucial member of the Sunderland squad and has been in sensational form for them this season.

"I have always looked forward to playing for England".

There were also first call-ups for James Ward-Prowse and Nathan Redmond, the Southampton duo, but the omission of Rooney became more surprising when Southgate revealed that England's all-time record goalscorer is in contention to return to the Manchester United squad to face Middlesbrough this weekend.

"Year after year he's phenomenal, but this year in particular, in a team that aren't creating as many chances as other teams, his strike rate is outstanding", he added.

Theo Walcott, Danny Welbeck, Andy Carroll and Jack Wilshere are not included but Michail Antonio and Jake Livermore are included while James Ward-Prowse and Nathan Redmond are promoted from the under-21 side.

"He's a different sort of profile to other midfield players we might have picked".

"I didn't want age to be a barrier, we're looking to the future but at times an older player with experience lie his in the camp is important".

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