Darren Bent says Jermain Defoe MUST be in contention for a spot in England’s Euro 2016 squad.
The striker has enjoyed an excellent campaign for Sunderland, scoring 15 Premier League goals to help the club secure survival against the odds.
He has not played international football in almost three years, winning the last of his 55 caps against Chile in November 2013, and is approaching 34 years of age.
But Bent believes Defoe’s fine form this season demands that Roy Hodgson seriously considers him for a recall for this summer’s finals in France.
The Derby County striker, who boasts four goals from 13 Three Lions appearances, told talkSPORT: “Defoe has been one of the main reasons why Sunderland have stayed up this year.
“Every week you look on the TV, he has got one, he has got two, he has got three – and not just goals when they are losing games. He is getting important winners, he is getting them points.
“He has got to be in the reckoning. People are not even talking about him and it is strange.
“You talk about forwards and hitting form, well he is probably the most in-form striker in the country at the moment.”