England boss Roy Hodgson will have been alarmed at just how anonymous Ross Barkley was before his half-time substitution.
Fellow England hopeful John Stones was just as bad. Perhaps a refresher course in the Big Sam school of defending is required before he heads for France because he has forgotten the basics.
The game opened up in the last half an hour, with Defoe forcing a save out of Robles and Black Cats keeper Vito Mannone foiling Funes Mori and Gareth Barry, but by then the survival party was already in full swing.
Romelu Lukaku hit the bar in injury-time to sum up Everton’s miserable night.
SUNDERLAND (4-1-4-1): Mannone; Yedlin, Kone, Kaboul, Van Aanholt; Kirchhoff; Khazri, Cattermole, M’Vila, Borini; Defoe. Subs: Pickford, Jones, Larsson, Rodwell, N’Doye, O’Shea, Watmore.
EVERTON (4-2-3-1): Robles; Pennington, Stones, Funes Mori, Baines; McCarthy, Barry; Barkley, Cleverley, Mirallas; Lukaku. Subs: Howard, Gibson, Oviedo, Lennon, Niasse, Besic, Osman. Referee: Anthony Taylor.