Published: Fri, March 17, 2017
Money | By Oscar Reynolds

Jermain Defoe, Marcus Rashford named in England squad

Jermain Defoe, Marcus Rashford named in England squad

In what is probably the least surprising bit of Tottenham Hotspur news you'll read all week, Gareth Southgate has called up three Tottenham players to his England squad for the upcoming worldwide break.

Many were disappointed to not see Defoe in Roy Hodgson's side for Euro 2016 after saving the Black Cats from relegation, but he has once again shown his talents scoring 14 goals so far in the league.

Defoe is the top English scorer in the Premier League after Kane, who has 19 goals to his credit.

England face Germany in Dortmund on Wednesday in a friendly before hosting Lithuania in a World Cup qualifying match on March 26.

"We drew the first two games against U.S. and Algeria and going into the third game the manager pulled me and said "are you ready to play" - I said "of course", and I got the goal as we won 1-0".

"You can't always have that parachute or life-jacket of having these senior players around", Southgate told reporters at England's St George's Park headquarters in Burton-on-Trent, central England.

England manager Gareth Southgate played down Rooney's absence from his squad.

Manchester United trio Phil Jones, Luke Shaw and Marcus Rashford earned recalls, but there was no place in the squad for Arsenal forward Theo Walcott.

Handed the role on a full-time basis after an impressive four-match temporary stint, 46-year-old Southgate next week takes charge as Sam Allardyce's full-time successor for the first time.

"His goalscoring record generally is phenomenal, but in particular this season in a team that perhaps aren't creating as many chances as other teams".

Telling his England players that they are not as good as they might think they are. "I don't expect him to be happy but I've got to make decisions and I think it was the right thing to call him to talk that through - even if the timing wasn't great".

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