De­foe backed for Eng­land

Lesotho Times - - Sport -

LONDON — Sun­der­land man­ager Sam Al­lardyce has backed Jer­main De­foe to make a late bid for a place in the Eng­land squad for Euro 2016 based on the striker’s re­cent scor­ing form, which has given the Pre­mier League strug­glers hope of avoid­ing the drop.

De­foe scored his 15th league goal of the sea­son in Satur­day’s 3-2 win over Chelsea and Al­lardyce says the 33-year-old would be an ideal re­place­ment for Arse­nal’s Danny Wel­beck, who picked up a knee in­jury against Manch­ester City on Sun­day.

Eng­land face Rus­sia, Slo­vakia and Wales in Group B of the 24team Euro­pean Cham­pi­onship in France, which kicks off on June 10.

“I just think that if Roy needed any striker to go along, Jer­main would be his man,” Al­lardyce told Bri­tish me­dia.

“Jer­main’s had a big run of games of the sort he hasn’t had for a few years, and he’s been a con­sis­tent per­former at the high­est level.

“To score 18 goals (in all com­pe­ti­tions) for a team that’s been sat in the bot­tom three or four all sea­son is pretty mirac­u­lous.”

Tot­ten­ham Hot­spur’s Harry Kane (25 goals) and Le­ices­ter City’s Jamie Vardy (24 goals) are the only English­men ahead of De­foe in the Pre­mier League scor­ing charts.

De­foe has scored five goals in his last eight league games for Sun­der­land, help­ing to steer the club to 16th in the ta­ble with two matches left.

“Jer­main’s per­for­mance this year and his goals par­tic­u­larly may have caused Roy to just take a lit­tle look. He knows how much ex­pe­ri­ence he’s got, he knows he can do it at that level,” Al­lardyce said.

De­foe has scored 19 goals in 55 ap­pear­ances for Eng­land with his last cap com­ing against Chile in Novem­ber 2013.

— Reuters

Ser­gio aguero.

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