‘Knew we’d see Jermain Defoe in an England shirt this summer!’ – Fans react to striker’s Soccer Aid double after Euro 2016 snub
Should Jermain Defoe have been heading to France next week?
The Sunderland striker ended the Premier League season in red-hot form, but he was snubbed by Roy Hodgson when he named the England squad for Euro 2016, instead choosing Wayne Rooney, Daniel Sturridge, Jamie Vardy, Harry Kane and Marcus Rashford.
The 33-year-old has 55 senior Three Lions caps and many fans were calling for his inclusion for the Euros, which starts on Friday.
He netted 18 goals in all competitions for Sunderland in 2015/16 and the ex Tottenham, West Ham and Portsmouth front man Defoe played in Sunday’s Soccer Aid charity match at Old Trafford, scoring twice against a Rest of the World team made up of ex pros and celebrities.
His brief cameo – sent on by club manager Sam Allardyce, who was managing the England side – showed his sharpness and deft touch and England fans believe he should be with Hodgson’s squad heading across the English channel next week.
See some of the best social media reaction, and both goals below: