Defoe is in the England squad for the first time since 2013

Gareth Southgate announced his England squad today for the upcoming international friendlies, including one against World Champions Germany. There has been plenty of speculation about who the England manager would pick in the run up to his selection, and today it was revealed that Sunderland striker Jermaine Defoe has earned his first England call up since 2013. 

Defoe, who is now 34 years old, has been in great form this season, scoring 14 goals in the Premier League, which is made even more impressive by the fact that he is playing for the team at the bottom of the table. 

Jermaine Defoe has been on the scene for many years now and is known as an out and out goalscorer, wherever he is playing his football. He has proven that he can score in international football too, having hit the back of the net nineteen times in his fifty five England appearances. 

Despite this, former England manager Roy Hodgson never really saw Defoe as part of his plans, meaning that the former Tottenham striker has not appeared for his national team since 2013. 

Whilst Defoe was included, the likes of Wayne Rooney, Theo Walcott and Danny Sturridge all missed out on selection for this set of fixtures.