Jermain Defoe to start for England

England beat Lithuania 2-0 in a World Cup qualifier at Wembley on Sunday.

The Sunderland man pulled a drive wide from 25 yards as the half hour approached having fully warmed to his task, even if the match itself fully retained a late Sunday afternoon feel until Lithuania nearly levelled in first-half stoppage time. The 34-year-old striker has gone on to visit him in hospital.

England won 2-0 to edge closer to next year's finals in Russian Federation.

"Iceland would be a great example to follow", Jankauskas said Saturday.

"In all internationals now there are no easy games to be honest - every team sets up to try and stop us, especially here at Wembley, so it's going to be tough".

"It's going to be very hard, we know that, but it's a great test for us".

Burnley's Michael Keane made his competitive debut alongside Stones at the heart of defence and England are the only side yet to concede a goal in the European qualifying section.

Lithuania goalkeeper Ernestas Setkus made a good save to deny Defoe after Lallana's through ball but the veteran forward did not have to wait too much longer to celebrate. "We have our plan and we'll try to make it tomorrow". If called upon, I have every faith that he'll score goals. The game starts from zero-zero.

"But we've analysed the England team a lot and I think I'm prepared for tomorrow, so let's see". Among these matches, they lose two, three matches ends in a draw, and one won. He retired from worldwide football five years ago.

The five-year-old has neuroblastoma, a common form of cancer in children, and has struck up a friendship with Defoe who described the youngster as his "best mate". The Eastern European side, now managed by former Hearts player Edgaras Jankauskas, lost 3-0 on Wednesday night in a friendly against the Czech Republic and are 4th in Group F, once place ahead of Scotland.

  • Julie Sanders