Form this season means Sunderland man must get England call-up

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Sam Allardyce has called for Sunderland forward Jermain Defoe to be called up for England’s Euro 2016 squad.

The 33-year-old striker has found the net 11 times in 18 appearances across all competitions in 2016 and has been integral to keeping the Mackems in the Premier League.

Defoe hasn’t represented the Three Lions since 2013 and many think his time representing them is done.

However, Jamie Vardy and Harry Kane are the only Englishmen to score more than the former Tottenham marksman in the top flight this season.

Based on this merit alone he should get a seat on the plane to France, due to the precedence established when the West Ham academy graduate has a strong domestic season.

Over the course of the 2009/10 campaign, Defoe scored 24 goals for Spurs across all competitions and carried his lethal touch through to international duty.

In 2009, he was called up six times by Fabio Capello and repaid the Italian manager’s faith by finding the net five times.

The following year, Defoe earned seven caps and managed a return of four strikes.

Clearly, when the diminutive frontman finds a strong run of goalscoring form he finds it difficult to stop regardless of who he is representing.

Therefore, it would be foolish to ignore taking him to Euro 2016, especially when you consider the other options available.

Daniel Sturridge and Andy Carroll would both, if selected, be heading into the tournament on the back of injury-hindered seasons and this is always a big risk.

 

Sturridge averages 0.57 goals-per-game in the Premier League, more than Defoe’s 0.45.

However, he has done this in a far superior team, with Liverpool scoring 16 more league goals than the Mackems this term.

Indeed, Defoe has managed his scoring exploits in a team that has barely scraped survival, while Sturridge has done so with a team battling for European qualification.

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Dan Ross

After a brief stint as a commentator, Dan took his passion for football into writing and went on to gain an NCTJ in sports journalism. A lifelong Walsall fan, he's followed the Saddlers through the highs, getting to Wembley for the first time ever last season, and the lows, namely relegation to League Two in 2006.