Jermain Defoe made a goalscoring return to England duty after four years away on Sunday, but former Three Lions hitman Alan Shearer believes it is “an embarrassment” that the Sunderland man is back in the World Cup reckoning.
Defoe, 34, hadn’t scored a goal for his country at Wembley since 2010, but opened the scoring in Sunday’s 2-0 win over Lithuania.
However, Defoe’s international renaissance has ex-England skipper Shearer bemoaning the nation’s dearth of striking talent.
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“Look at yesterday’s team and they will not be troubling anyone of any note next summer, even with Harry Kane back in,” declared Shearer, writing in his Sun column. ” Indeed, it is an embarrassment that Gareth had to call upon a 34-year-old who has not played for England in four years to play the striker’s role.
“This is not a slight on Jermain Defoe as he deserved the recall and showed why at Wembley with his goal. But where are the other England strikers?”
Shearer scored 30 goals for his country in 63 games between 1992 and 2000.
And the Premier League’s all-time top scorer had to battle with a host of English strikers plying their trade at the division’s top clubs – something he doesn’t see nowadays.
“In my day we had myself, Teddy Sheringham, Les Ferdinand, Andy Cole, Robbie Fowler, Ian Wright, Chris Sutton, Stan Collymore, Matt Le Tissier, David Hirst – the list seemed endless.”
“There is a dearth of talent and it is a major concern.”
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