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Jermain Defoe casts doubt on Sunderland future

20 March, 2017, 22:02 | Author: Alberta Rodriguez
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Defoe was asked if he would need to be in the Premier League to be in the England squad, with Sunderland bottom of the table, seven points from safety, with 10 games remaining.

England travel to Dortmund to take on Germany on Wednesday evening before returning to Wembley for their World Cup qualifier with Lithuania on Sunday.

Hurst thinks 34-year-old Defoe merits another chance at worldwide level due to the fine form which has seen him score 14 league goals for struggling Sunderland.

"When I missed out on on the last World Cup squad it was hard news to accept that but at the same time you have to be realistic".

"There were times where I did think "maybe I am not going to get in". I would say I probably need to be playing in the Premier League but we will see what happens.

"It didn't stop me from getting my head down and not giving up".

"But I was just hoping I would get the opportunity again and now it's come I'm delighted".

"I've been lucky enough to have experienced it".

Former Under-21 boss Southgate sprung a few surprises ahead of the two games, including calling up uncapped trio Michael Keane, Nathan Redmond and James Ward-Prowse, along with veteran striker Jermain Defoe.

'I was getting a lot of stick from the lads at the training ground because I've still got the England flag on my boots, ' Defoe said. It's something I wanted to do as a kid, growing up watching the major players on TV and wanting to emulate them.

"On a personal note if I'm feeling sharp I believe I can score goals".

"Everyone knows how much I love playing football and scoring goals".

"I think it's every young player's dream to play for England and to be given that opportunity and chance to represent your country and do everyone proud is a great honour".

The ex-Tottenham striker does, however, admit he needs to play in the top flight, with Sunderland facing an uphill task to stave off relegation down to the Championship. "But if you're doing it in a side that's struggling, and have been for some time, it's encouraging and he thoroughly deserves his inclusion".

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