Allardyce lauds Defoe as Euro-worthy after superb season at Sunderland


It happened almost a year-and-a-half ago, but Sunderland boss Sam Allardyce has brought up a seemingly forgotten transfer that could very well end up saving the club from relegation.

Back in January 2015, Sunderland acquired then-Toronto FC forward Jermain Defoe in a swap for U.S. Men’s National team striker Jozy Altidore.

Allardyce is now calling the move “one of the best bits of business the club has done in a long time” and believes that Defoe deserves England consideration ahead of this summer’s European Championship in France.

“I just think, if Roy [Hodgson] needed anybody to go along to the Euros with experience and he needed a goal, and maybe not from the start sometimes, then Jermain would be your man, if he felt he needed it.

“Because he has proven that this year. He has had a big run of games that he has not had for a few years. He has been a consistent performer at the highest level again.”

Defoe has been brilliant this season for the Black Cats, registering 18 goals in all competitions. While the 33-year-old has revitalized a team that needed something positive to save their season, the Englishman has several things working against him heading into the summer.

England features significant depth at forward, particularly with two of the world’s most in-form strikers, Jamie Vardy and Harry Kane, continuing to dazzle each time out on the pitch. Plus, Defoe’s age is much of a concern as well. The likes of Wayne Rooney, Daniel Sturridge and even Theo Walcott are seen as more likely options to round out the forward depth for the Three Lions.

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