Jermain Defoe 5/2 to make England squad for 2018 World Cup
Defoe stakes claim for a World Cup spot after scoring against Lithuania
March 27th, 2017
Gareth Southgate is clearly determined to select players for the England national team based on form, with Jermain Defoe seizing his chance on Sunday when scoring the opening goal against Lithuania.
Defoe is now a 5/2 chance to become part of the England squad that heads to Russia for the 2018 World Cup, with Southgate full of praise for the 34-year-old.
“I think we’ve got to look every time we get together as to who is in form,” said Southgate. “I don’t know if we can have a distinct pecking order because players who are playing well deserve the opportunity. If we are going to be successful we have to have that competition for places.
“The reality is we will always lose players to injury – we’re never able to pick a full cohort – so it’s important we can call upon the likes of Jermain and that he can have the impact like he did today. If he scores like he is in the Premier League, there’s no reason why he wouldn’t be involved in 2018.
“It was a great moment for him. He was thrilled to be back involved in the squad and he’s enjoyed his week immensely. He’s been a good senior professional to have around the team, both in terms of the way he’s trained, his professionalism which has been great for the younger players to see and his finishing in training and then today, which we expected really.
“I would have put my house on him scoring at some stage against Lithuania. He’s had a really positive impact on everybody. We’ve selected him on form. We’ve got really good competition for places. We need to have that.”