Published: Fri, March 17, 2017
Economy | By Melissa Porter

Strikers a headache for Gareth

Strikers a headache for Gareth

With Tottenham's Danny Rose sidelined through injury, Southgate has selected full back Luke Shaw despite the fact he has made just one Premier League appearance for Manchester United since October.

The Arsenal forward has scored more goals than anyone in the current England squad which begs the question - why has Southgate overlooked him?

"None of our players are on them". With the likes of Wayne Rooney and Harry Kane out with injuries, Defoe's inclusion may not have looked that unexpected after all. He's very proud to play for England. "Wayne totally understands that".

The 31-year-old has started four games in 2017 and only last month he released a statement stating he would be remaining at Old Trafford despite interest from the Chinese Super League.

Defoe, who turns 35 in October, is the player they want to come in during the summer to boost the squad.

But Southgate effectively conceded that, given he is no longer a first-team player, Rooney can not be automatically considered England captain anymore.

"We had a good chat", said Defoe.

"I don't think that he expects, if he is not playing every week for his club, to be picked".

"Then I looked at it - "Hi Jermain, it's Gareth Southgate, can I give you a call when you're free?', and I said: 'Yes, no problem" and we just had a chat, really, about how I felt about England".

Scrapping days off after Rooney's 5am booze session at the team hotel last November and Jordan Henderson and Adam Lallana going to a Bournemouth lap-dancing club. He said: "'What do I need to do to get higher up?' And he did it".

'He has turned up as well in big games. None of our players are on them. We think we're whatever, but I'm looking at it and there's all the Brazilians, the Spaniards, the French.and we're not there.

"And I'm nearly sinking into my seat because you walk in there thinking you're part of England, which I'm massively proud to be".

"Sometimes we get wrapped up in the profile of our league".

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