Defoe plays like he´s 25 - Lallana lauds legend after England goal return

Defoe's recall for a first cap since November 2013 came after injuries to Harry Kane, Daniel Sturridge and captain Wayne Rooney, and Southgate praised the 34-year-old for his input around a largely youthful squad.

England's Dele Alli, right, plays the ball during the World Cup Group F qualifying soccer match between England and Lithuania at the Wembley Stadium in London, Great Britain, Sunday, March 26, 2017.

"It's a amusing one because when I go to my mum's she's got every meat you can imagine on the table". "I don't know if we can have a pecking order because players that are playing well deserve that opportunity". You bet your bottom dollar he's going to score a goal and he did to get us on the way. There are times when you know you're going to win the game and perhaps don't reach the levels we did against Germany. "If he's scoring goals in the Premier League and playing as well as he has this season, there's absolutely no reason why he couldn't (go to the World Cup)".

"Like I say, he is a fantastic coach and it is a pleasure to play for him".

"I would have put my house on him scoring at some stage today".

Aside from Defoe notching a first worldwide goal for four years, the Wembley crowd witnessed some forgettable fayre, with Lithuania's lack of ambition and England's sluggish early tempo contributing to a paucity of goalmouth action.

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While it was a long way from being Sterling's best performance of the season, as he struggled through the pain of a back injury, that moment was enough to show why he should be a big part of his country's future, just as he has proven for his club.

Defoe claimed the new diet had increased his energy at the end of games.

"I have a better understanding of my body", he said.

Fuelled by the pain of past rejections and revitalised after turning vegan, Jermain Defoe insists he can defy father time by firing England to the World Cup.

"Obviously I've got to go back to my club and make sure we finish the season strong", he said.

"He's a player we really like". I feel fit and sharp.

3 - Defoe became only the third Sunderland player to score for England since World War Two, after Len Shackleton and Darren Bent. "We were rather arrogant today, which isn't nice, and we made life harder for ourselves than it should have been", Hummels said.

Sunderland fan Bradley has struck up a close friendship with Defoe and was delighted to see his hero start the game having originally been told he was not expected to make the squad.

"The most important thing is getting the win and it keeps us progressing to where we want to be".

Less than a year ago, Defoe feared his England career was over after Roy Hodgson ignored the striker's fine form with Sunderland and left him out of the Euro 2016 squad.

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