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34-year-old Defoe back for England

Published:Friday | March 17, 2017 | 3:00 AM
Jermain Defoe

LONDON (AP):

Jermain Defoe was recalled to the England squad at the age of 34 yesterday, more than three years after last playing for the national team.

The Sunderland striker is among 26 players selected for England's upcoming matches after captain Wayne Rooney, Daniel Sturridge and Harry Kane were ruled out because of injury.

Defoe has scored 19 goals in 55 England appearances but last played in 2013. Although Sunderland are last in the Premier League, Defoe has 14 goals from 27 appearances.

"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," England coach Gareth Southgate said ahead of games against Germany and Lithuania.

Manchester United forward Marcus Rashford has also been called up by Southgate, whose side plays a friendly in Germany on Wednesday before hosting Lithuania in a World Cup qualifier on March 26.