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Defoe returns to England duty, great example of how experience work

DATE: 29.03.2016 - SOCCERVOICE - NEWS - SEASON 2016-17





Jermain Defoe returned to England duty for the games v. Germany and Lithuania. He was not involved in the defeat against Germany, but started the game v. Lithuania, and scored the vital first goal
 

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Despite his good season for Sunderland, who are in total struggling, it was a surprise to see Defoe back in the England squad for the first time in four years. Defoe played his 56th game for England against Lithuania and scored his 20th goal.

His form at Sunderland has so far impressed everyone in football, and without him in the Sunderland team, there would probably have been a more difficult spring for David Moyes in the race to avoid relegation.

Pace and experience is often not a combination seen, and players such as Sheringham and Klose, who can be compared, had cleverness and vision as their "basic instingts", rather than what Defoe is known for.

What all of the great forwards, doing well in their 30's are known for, are of course their abillity to score goals or set up others in positions that create the most important in football, goals.

 

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Defoe was more or less forgotten and lost for English football, when he decided to "retire" in the MLS. He spent a short period with Toronto FC, but never felt like home, and was quick to go back on loan in 2014 to Tottenham.

This was short lived experience, but he managed to score a goal in two of his games played. This was Defoe's third spell at Tottenham, playing for the club from 2004 to 2008 and 2009 to 2014.

His goalscoring tally and stats are very impressive. During a 16 year career, to date, he has scored 200 goals in around 400 league games, which gives almost 50 % ratio.

Defoe has scored wherever he has been, and to date he has 33 goals in 78 games for Sunderland. Southgate needs a goal machine, and with Jamie Vardy and Harry Kane he got a duo of great goalscorers, but in Defoe he has great third alternative.

 

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Wayne Rooney, actually three years younger than Defoe, should also be counted and it's a bit sad to see him out of the first elleven both at
country and club. Hopefully he will be back in selection, and add to the group of experienced England forwards.

Klose and Podolski are both retired from internatioal football, but they played an important part for Germany during a long period of time, being vital to the success that has been made.

We will have to wait and see in what capacity Defoe will be used by Southgate, but no one can take away Defoe's England goals. Another key fact is that, despite being looked up on as a "new man", Vardy has also passed 30 years of age.

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