Euro 2016: Jermain Defoe aiming for England call-up

Sunderland’s Jermain Defoe says he has “done everything right” to earn a call-up for England’s Euro 2016 squad.

The 33-year-old striker, whose last cap came in November 2013, has hit 15 goals this season to help the Black Cats retain their Premier League status.

England boss Roy Hodgson names his 23-man squad on Monday.

“I’m happy with the way I’ve performed this season,” said Defoe. “I’ve ticked every box. If I don’t go, I can say at least I’ve done everything right.”

Euro 2016 takes place in France, starting on 10 June and running until 10 July.

Hodgson was due to name his squad on Thursday but has delayed the announcement until after the final Premier League fixtures this weekend.

He has already lost Arsenal’s Alex Oxlaide-Chamberlain and Danny Wellbeck to injury, with Manchester United defender Luke Shaw another to miss out.

Tottenham’s Harry Kane (25) and Leicester’s Jamie Vardy (24) are the only Englishmen with more top-flight goals this season.

Former West Ham and Tottenham striker Defoe, who joined Sunderland last January from Major League Soccer side Toronto, has been capped 55 times.

Sunderland manager Sam Allardyce said Defoe could still perform at the highest level.

Author: Hassan Khazaal

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