DEFOE’S MESSAGE FOR ENGLAND BOSS
JERMAIN DEFOE will keep his fingers crossed Roy Hodgson finally finds his way to Sunderland as he bids to reboot his England career. Hodgson’s (left) visits to Wearside are almost as rare as they are to Toronto. The striker insists his time with the Three Lions isn’t over, as he revealed his devastation at being left out of Hodgson’s World Cup squad. Defoe claims his 12-month stint in the MLS with Toronto FC wasn’t a mistake, even though it played a big part in him missing out on a place in Brazil. The 32-year-old is now back in the Premier League at Sunderland, where expectations almost match the eye-watering £70,000-a-week he will earn over the three-and-a-half years. But he insists he’ll thrive on it.
And if an international recall arrives on the back of keeping Sunderland up, then so much the better.
“I was devastated to miss out on Brazil,” said Defoe. “I was involved in every squad in the run-up and I thought I was going. When I got the phone call to say I wasn’t, it was hard. I’ve not spoken to Roy since then.
“I still want to play for my country and we will see what happens. If I’m scoring goals, I’d like to think I will get the chance to do that again.”
When it was pointed out that Hodgson has been to the Stadium of Light just once during his two-and-a-half year reign, Sunderland’s new boy said: “I can’t remember seeing him in Toronto!”
The lure of a return home proved too great in the end.
Defoe added: “The Premier League is the best in the world.
“I enjoyed it in Toronto and met some good people – I just missed the Premier League.”