Jermain Defoe casts doubt on Sunderland future

The 22-year-old worked under current national boss Gareth Southgate with the U21 side and earned his first senior call-up last week, ahead of England's friendly against Germany and World Cup ualifying game against Lithuania.

Defoe, 34, could return to the global fold with an outing in the Three Lions' friendly with Germany tomorrow night.

The Sunderland striker won the last of his 55 senior caps in a 2-0 home defeat to Chile in November 2014.

Jermain Defoe has admitted he would be forced to leave Sunderland to safeguard his hopes of playing at next year's World Cup if the club suffer relegation from the Premier League this season.

Although World Cup victor Hurst thinks leaving Rooney out for the forthcoming games against Germany and Lithuania is the right decision, he strongly opposes Southgate's idea of picking a captain on a game-by-game basis.

"There were times I did think maybe I won't get in. You probably need to be playing in the Premier League".

"He's played in major tournaments, he has the experience and he's fully equipped to handle the pressure". It is something I wanted to do as a kid, growing up watching the major players on TV and wanting to emulate them.

Despite his long spell in the worldwide wilderness, Defoe said he never gave up hope of a recall.

"I was getting grief from my team-mates for still having the England flag on my boots", he added.

"Travelling, getting to the hotel, playing the games". I've been blessed to have gone to two major tournaments.

"I've been lucky enough to have experienced it". But that didn't stop me from getting my head down, working hard and just hoping that one day I would get an opportunity to represent my country again.

"On a personal note if I'm feeling sharp I believe I can score goals".

"It's positive that if you're doing well as a young player, you'll get a chance".

"Somebody's got to have it. Gareth Southgate's talking about a number of captains, I certainly don't agree with saying we should be changing captains, I don't agree with that at all". In this team I believe there will be a lot of chances to score goals.

  • Julie Sanders