Lallana: England's future bright under Gareth Southgate

It was the Sunderland striker's first cap since November 2013 but he showed he still has a predatory instinct at worldwide level - opening the scoring before substitute Jamie Vardy wrapped up a solid, if unspectacular, win for Gareth Southgate's side.

Defoe may be 34-years-old, but he has an uncanny knack of being in the right place at the right time. As players you appreciate that.

"So I make sure I'm doing the cryotherapy, the massage and eating the right things".

"My dad used to take me to watch Bournemouth play when he famously scored for 10 games in a row", Lallana stated when talking about playing with Defoe. "I know what days I need to have a rest day".

"I can't constrain myself on selection entirely, but I know ideally what I'd want to have". It's not enjoyable, but try to do it like you're loving it.

"I'm trying. I eat a lot of fish, but I'm trying". Which is a amusing one because when I go to my mum's she has got every meat you can imagine out on the table.

"I'm English and proud to be English and I think part of your identity as a national team has to be pride in the shirt".

Defoe said: "I had to keep my emotions (under control), obviously little Brad was with me". It's always helpful when you have got someone around you to help you and drive you on.

How did England's XI look in Jermain Defoe's last cap? "But an inherent desire of wanting to play for your country is the most important thing if you want to be successful". While the steamed vegetables remain on the menu, the grilled salmon which had sustained him even up to the end of previous year has been cut out, along with eggs, dairy products and honey. I still feel the sharpness. I eat a lot of fish, but I'm trying.

20 - The former West Ham, Tottenham and Portsmouth forward now has 20 England goals to his name, drawing him level with World Cup victor Martin Peters. I've never been one of those people who wants something given to me on a plate'. I was scoring goals, especially last season, and I wasn't selected for the Euros, so it was heartbreaking because I felt I'd done enough to be involved, if only just to be with this bunch of players and have an opportunity to play with this sort of quality. Even if it's a five-minute phone call.

"I don't find it hard doing all this". This time, Gareth phoned me and said, "Even if you're not in the squad I will still phone you".

Jermain Defoe celebrates scoring England's first goal in the World Cup qualifying match against Lithuania at Wembley Stadium March 26, 2017.

"I've got to go back to my club and finish the season strongly, like all the lads really, and we'll just see what happens", Defoe told ITV in his post-match interview.

  • Julie Sanders