Defoe not hopeful of England call-up

Sunderland striker Jermain Defoe admits that his hopes of gaining a recall to the England international squad are not high.

Defoe was left out of the Three Lions squad for the European Championship in France last year, despite finishing the season as the third most prolific English goalscorer. Teenage sensation Marcus Rashford was prefered in his place.

While Sunderland have struggled this season, the 34-year-old has continued to show his eye for goal, notching up 14 of the Black Cats 24 Premier League goals this season, but he admits he isn’t expecting a call-up for England.

“I feel like I should have been involved last season if it’s based on merit and stats – on who’s scoring goals,” he told Sky Sports.

“I was in the England squad for like 10 years, and probably most of that time I was at Tottenham scoring goals.

“There were times where I wasn’t even playing but I was still in the squad because of the goals I scored before.

“So I don’t know. I’ve always been a positive person, but there comes a time where you think, ‘Is it really going to happen?’

“All I can do is keep playing well. The English fans – I read some nice stuff on social media and in the press too. So for me it’s a nice feeling that people want me back into the squad. At the end of the day it’s up to the manager so we’ll see.”

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