Sunderland striker Jermain Defoe has been rewarded for his excellent goal-scoring form by receiving a call-up to the England squad for their upcoming matches against Germany and Lithuania.
The 34-year-old has scored 14 goals in 27 Premier League matches for David Moyes’ side this season, with many believing that he is the reason why they are not already down, and still have a fighting chance of avoiding the drop come May.
The Black Cats currently sit bottom of the table and six points from safety with just 11 games of the campaign remaining, and having netted just 24 goals in the league thus far, it’s clear that the North East side are hugely reliant on Defoe’s goals.
And he has been rewarded by being named in Gareth Southgate’s squad for their friendly against Germany on March 22, as well as the 2018 World Cup qualifier against Lithuania four days later.
It has been over three years since the striker last played for his country (it was a friendly against Chile back in November 2013), and many Sunderland fans took to Twitter to express their delight at seeing the 34-year-old return to the England set-up…
Get in there's Defoe back in the England squad #safc
— Thomas Harland (@ThomasHarland) March 16, 2017
Delighted for Defoe. That's a well deserved and long overdue call up. 14 goals in this Sunderland side is unbelievable. #SAFC
— Joe Hodge (@HodgeSAFC) March 16, 2017
Great to see a call up for Jermain Defoe, well deserved after both this season and last season's efforts #safc
— Richard Shotton (@rshotton90) March 16, 2017
With many feeling that it was long overdue for the forward, who netted 15 goals in 33 Premier League games for Sunderland last time out as well…
Defoe seriously deserves that call up, in truth he should have had it a while back #SAFC
— Tom Albrighton (@TMALBRGHTN) March 16, 2017
While there was a clear message to Defoe from many Black Cats supporters…
Defoe getting injured for the season playing for England is the most obvious Sunderland thing ever #safc
— Kitch (@KitchingAndy) March 16, 2017
— Sparty Pants (@spartacus_safc) March 16, 2017
— StevieD (@bigsteviedove) March 16, 2017
In before Defoe gets injured on England duty and we all have mental breakdowns #SAFC
— Jack Lambert (@jlambert55) March 16, 2017