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Jermain Defoe reveals he thought 'Gareth? I don't know a Gareth, who's this?' when Southgate sent him message over England recall

19 Mar
2017

Jermain Defoe has revealed how he was so surprised by his shock England recall that he initially ignored Gareth Southgate’s attempts to contact him.

Defoe is back in the England squad for the first time since 2013 as Southgate prepares for the friendly in Germany and the World Cup qualifier against Lithuania.

The 34-year-old striker last played for England 1,217 days ago but has been in excellent form for Sunderland this season despite his club being rooted to the bottom of the Premier League. 

Stats show why Jermain Defoe is England’s ideal replacement for injured Harry Kane [INFOGRAPHIC]

17 Mar
2017

A severe injury to Harry Kane left the Three Lions in an attacking dilemma ahead of the latest round of World Cup qualifiers.

Kane’s suspected ankle ligament injury in Tottenham’s 6-0 victory over Millwall in the FA Cup at the weekend is expected to keep the Spurs forward out of action for approximately seven weeks and ruled him out of Gareth Southgate’s England squad announcement on Friday. Sunderland’s Jermain Defoe was the one selected to take up the place of the sidelined youngster and exclusive stats from daily fantasy football game www.oulala.com show why this was the best decision.

Jeff Stelling on Sunderland’s survival hopes, David Moyes and why Jermain Defoe is an example to every footballer

27 Feb
2017

Hartlepool United-mad Stelling has a passion for all things blue and white but he “desperately” hopes the Black Cats can pull off another great escape for the good of the North East.

Richard Mennear caught up with Hartlepool-born Stelling to discuss the relegation picture, the brilliance of Jermain Defoe and why keeping Sunderland up would be one of David Moyes’ greatest achievements. Every Saturday afternoon, Jeff Stelling brings football fans every kick, cough and splutter from matches across the UK.

Read more at: SunderlandEcho

Jermain Defoe on Sunderland's defeat at Everton, and how they must approach Man City test

26 Feb
2017

Sunderland's defeat at Everton increased their relegation fears, but Jermain Defoe was inches away from setting them on course for a draw.

Defoe admitted Sunderland were disappointed with the goals they conceded and their performance in general, but insists they must regroup before title hopefuls Manchester City visit the Stadium of Light next weekend.

“It’s disappointing,” he said of the Everton result. We knew it was going to be a tough game, because they are a good team and the way they play means that all teams who come here find it difficult.

Read full story @ ChronicleLive

'Bradley is in my prayers every night' - Sunderland ace Jermain Defoe on his emotional hospital visit

14 Feb
2017

Sunderland striker Jermain Defoe says battling youngster Bradley Lowery is in his prayers every night after making an emotional hospital visit. Brave Bradley, who has terminal cancer neuroblastoma, was treated to a visit from Sunderland players at Newcastle's Royal Victoria Infirmary, where the youngster is undergoing pioneering antibody treatment to prolong his life.

Bradley Lowery, five, fell asleep cuddling his hero Defoe and was thrilled to see club captain John O'Shea, goalkeeper Vito Mannone and midfielder Seb Larsson visit him in hospital on Thursday. Bradley's family shared photos of the hospital visit on social media with their many well-wishers who have supported his battle with the rare cancer neuroblastoma. An emotional Defoe spoke about his visit to the hospital when he was presented with the North East Football Writers' Player of the Year award, at Ramside Hall, in Durham.

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