Jermain Defoe is a goalscorer, he will always be a goalscorer so why hasn’t he been included in recent England squads. Does Roy Hodgson feel his time at International level has gone and he wants blood younger strikers but there is no getting away from the fact that Defoe will score goals given the opportunity.
Defoe is currently the third highest English scorer in the Premier League behind only Harry Kane and Jamie Vardy. While Kane and Vardy are playing in teams that are challenging near the top end of the Premier League while Defoe is playing in a struggling team in Sunderland.
Defoe made the last of his 55 appearances for England as a substitute against Chile, the majority of his appearances have come from the bench and I believe that that is a role he could fulfil once more for the national side. I’m in no doubt that given the opportunity then Defoe will add to his 19 International goals.
You would have say the certainties to be included by Hodgson in the striker positions will be Vardy, Kane and Rooney. So there is probably one position up for grabs in this summers European Championships in the striker positions depending on fitness. In my eyes there aren’t many other contenders for this final position.
Defoe has 12 goals in 18 appearances for Sunderland this season. The striker has been helped by the appointment of Sam Allardyce as Sunderland manager. Under previous manager Advocaat, Defoe was often employed on the left-wing or as a second striker. Defoe has the ability to play these roles though when deployed on the wing he was expected to do more defending than he has been used to in his career.
As mentioned earlier, Defoe is playing in a team that struggling near the bottom of the table but has still managed nine goals in 18 Premier League appearances. That’s a record of a goal every other game and you can’t argue with that from any striker. He has a similar record at International level and given another opportunity by England I’m in no doubt that Defoe would score goals.
Defoe may the predator that England need in a major championships. As said earlier I’m not advocating a recall for the striker to be in the starting eleven but believe he can provide an option from the bench. All nine of his goals in the Premier League this season have come inside the penalty area.
England’s next games come at the end of March with a double-header of friendlies against Germany and Holland. And if Defoe continues to perform at the levels that has so far this season and during in his career. Then Defoe should be in the running for a recall to the national side.