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Shearer: Embarrassing England had to call on Defoe – despite his goal

Date Posted,March 26, 2017

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.

Now England boss Gareth Southgate says that if Defoe continues scoring in the Premier League then there is “no reason” he can’t head to Russia in 2018.

However, Defoe’s international renaissance has ex-England skipper Shearer bemoaning the nation’s dearth of striking talent.

Defoe made a scoring return for the Three Lions (Photo: The FA via Getty)
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