At the age of 34 and currently playing for relegation-threatened Sunderland, many had assumed Defoe’s time as an international footballer was over, but Gareth Southgate has shown faith in the veteran forward, and it was repaid against Lithuania in today’s World Cup qualifier.
With the Three Lions closing in on qualification for the tournament in Russia, Defoe was given the nod to start just in-front of Dele Alli, and he reacted fastest to Raheem Sterling’s cross to nab his first England goal since 2013:
Jermain Defoe's goalpic.twitter.com/YM18pdXyir
— BeanymanSports (@BeanymanSports) March 26, 2017
That’s actually Defoe’s 20th goal for England, hammering home his class and quality at the top level.
Could he be slaying defences at a World Cup at the grand old age of 35 next year? Based on this evidence, don’t write him off just yet!
What do you think of the strike?