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Euro heartache and vegan lifestyle fuel Defoe

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London (AFP) – Fuelled by the pain of past rejections and revitalised after turning vegan, Jermain Defoe insists he can defy father time by firing England to the World Cup.

Less than a year ago, Defoe feared his England career was over after Roy Hodgson ignored the striker’s fine form with Sunderland and left him out of the Euro 2016 squad.

Euro heartache and vegan lifestyle fuel Defoe

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London (AFP) – Fuelled by the pain of past rejections and revitalised after turning vegan, Jermain Defoe insists he can defy father time by firing England to the World Cup.

Less than a year ago, Defoe feared his England career was over after Roy Hodgson ignored the striker’s fine form with Sunderland and left him out of the Euro 2016 squad.

Southgate opens World Cup door to Defoe

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London (AFP) – England manager Gareth Southgate said there was no reason why Jermain Defoe could not play at next year’s World Cup after he marked his international comeback with a goal.

Sunderland striker Defoe, 34, scored the opener as England toiled to a 2-0 qualifying win over Lithuania on Sunday, following close to three and a half years in the international wilderness.

Southgate opens World Cup door to Defoe

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London (AFP) – England manager Gareth Southgate said there was no reason why Jermain Defoe could not play at next year’s World Cup after he marked his international comeback with a goal.

Sunderland striker Defoe, 34, scored the opener as England toiled to a 2-0 qualifying win over Lithuania on Sunday, following close to three and a half years in the international wilderness.

England, Germany stay on World Cup course, Dutch axe Blind

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Paris (AFP) – England and defending champions Germany remained on course for the 2018 World Cup on Sunday while Danny Blind was sacked as Dutch coach after his misfiring team faced missing a second straight major finals.

At Wembley, Jermain Defoe marked his international comeback with a goal as England toiled to a 2-0 victory over Lithuania.

Defoe marks comeback as England toil to World Cup qualifier win

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London (AFP) – Jermain Defoe adorned his international comeback with a goal as England toiled to a 2-0 victory over Lithuania in a forgettable World Cup qualifier at Wembley on Sunday.

Defoe, 34, was making his first England appearance since November 2013, having been recalled by manager Gareth Southgate, and he marked his return with the opening goal midway through the second half.

Defoe marks comeback as England toil to World Cup qualifier win

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London (AFP) – Jermain Defoe adorned his international comeback with a goal as England toiled to a 2-0 victory over Lithuania in a forgettable World Cup qualifier at Wembley on Sunday.

Defoe, 34, was making his first England appearance since November 2013, having been recalled by manager Gareth Southgate, and he marked his return with the opening goal midway through the second half.

Defoe marks comeback as England toil to win

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London (AFP) – Jermain Defoe adorned his international comeback with a goal as England toiled to a 2-0 victory over Lithuania in a forgettable World Cup qualifier at Wembley on Sunday.

Defoe, 34, was making his first England appearance since November 2013, having been recalled by manager Gareth Southgate, and he marked his return with the opening goal midway through the second half.

Defoe sets sights on ‘dream’ 2018 World Cup

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Burton-on-Trent (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Veteran striker Jermain Defoe has his sights on a “dream” place in England’s 2018 World Cup squad after returning to the fold following a near four-year absence, he said on Monday.

The 34-year-old Sunderland player was recalled by manager Gareth Southgate for Wednesday’s friendly against Germany in Dortmund and Sunday’s World Cup qualifier at home to Lithuania.

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World Cup Qualifying: Jermain Defoe On Target As England Ease To Victory v Lithuania (Photos &

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Jermain Defoe justified his re-call to the England side with a goal against Lithuania on Sunday, with the Three Lions cruising to a 2-0 win against a mediocre opposition.

Defoe has been one bright spot in Sunderland's dismal Premier League campaign, with the 34-year-old scoring 14 goals for the Black Cats this season.

Five things learned from England v Lithuania

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London (AFP) – England beat Lithuania 2-0 in a World Cup qualifier at Wembley on Sunday. Here AFP Sport looks at five things learned as Gareth Southgate’s team moved a step closer to next year’s finals in Russia:

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Handed his first England appearance since November 2013, Jermain Defoe made up for lost time as the Sunderland striker netted the opening goal in typically ruthless fashion.

Five things learned from England v Lithuania

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London (AFP) – England beat Lithuania 2-0 in a World Cup qualifier at Wembley on Sunday. Here AFP Sport looks at five things learned as Gareth Southgate’s team moved a step closer to next year’s finals in Russia:

Deadly Defoe

Handed his first England appearance since November 2013, Jermain Defoe made up for lost time as the Sunderland striker netted the opening goal in typically ruthless fashion.

Guardiola wants more City progress against Sunderland

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Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Pep Guardiola believes he is getting his message across to Manchester City’s players ahead of facing Sunderland, his first Premier League opponents, once again.

City scraped past Sunderland with a late winner at the Etihad in August, after Sergio Aguero’s first goal of Guardiola’s reign was cancelled out by Jermain Defoe.

Guardiola wants more City progress against Sunderland

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Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Pep Guardiola believes he is getting his message across to Manchester City’s players ahead of facing Sunderland, his first Premier League opponents, once again.

City scraped past Sunderland with a late winner at the Etihad in August, after Sergio Aguero’s first goal of Guardiola’s reign was cancelled out by Jermain Defoe.

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Olivier Giroud, Dele Alli, Defoe… Names of the Premier League, weeks 19 and 20

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Sunderland off the bottom as Leicester crash again

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Sunderland (United Kingdom) (AFP) Sunderland climbed off the bottom of the Premier League as Leicester City's disastrous title defencesuffered another blow with a 2-1 defeat at the Stadium of Light on Saturday.

Robert Huth's own goal and a Jermain Defoe effort put Sunderland in control in the second half and Shinji Okazaki's strike came too late to prevent a fifth defeat in nine league games for Leicester.

Sunderland off the bottom as Leicester crash again

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Sunderland (United Kingdom) (AFP) Sunderland climbed off the bottom of the Premier League as Leicester City's disastrous title defencesuffered another blow with a 2-1 defeat at the Stadium of Light on Saturday.

Robert Huth's own goal and a Jermain Defoe effort put Sunderland in control in the second half and Shinji Okazaki's strike came too late to prevent a fifth defeat in nine league games for Leicester.

Stadium Of Dark: Jermain Defoe Becomes Eighth Player To Score 150 Premier League Goals As Lights Go Out In Sunderland (Photos)

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Jermain Defoe netted his 150th Premier League goal on Saturday, as Sunderland secured a precious 3-0 home win against Hull.

However, the game was temporarily suspended in the second-half after, in the mother of all ironies, the lights went out at the Stadium of Light.

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Defoe netted his first-ever Premier League goal for West Ham in a 3-2 win over Ipswich on 28 October 2001.

Defoe ends Sunderland woe

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Bournemouth (United Kingdom) (AFP) Jermain Defoe's second-half penalty gave 10-man Sunderland their first win at the 11th attempt in the Premier League this season as they beat Bournemouth 2-1 away on Saturday.

The 34-year-old former England striker's sixth goal of the season against a team where he spent a productive season on loan as an 18-year-old scoring 18 goals for them completed the Black Cats comeback.

Defoe ends Sunderland woe

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Bournemouth (United Kingdom) (AFP) Jermain Defoe's second-half penalty gave 10-man Sunderland their first win at the 11th attempt in the Premier League this season as they beat Bournemouth 2-1 away on Saturday.

The 34-year-old former England striker's sixth goal of the season against a team where he spent a productive season on loan as an 18-year-old scoring 18 goals for them completed the Black Cats comeback.

Defoe upbeat despite Sunderland’s woeful form

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Sunderland (United Kingdom) (AFP) Jermain Defoe believes beleaguered English Premier League tailenders Sunderland can turn things around if they stick together.

The 34-year-old former England international striker who criticised manager David Moyes earlier this month saying the perennial strugglers had gone backwards since he came in for Sam Allardyce said it is vital the team looks forward and doesn't dwell on their latest failure.

Defoe upbeat despite Sunderland’s woeful form

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Sunderland (United Kingdom) (AFP) Jermain Defoe believes beleaguered English Premier League tailenders Sunderland can turn things around if they stick together.

The 34-year-old former England international striker who criticised manager David Moyes earlier this month saying the perennial strugglers had gone backwards since he came in for Sam Allardyce said it is vital the team looks forward and doesn't dwell on their latest failure.

Benteke seals Palace comeback at Sunderland

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Sunderland (United Kingdom) (AFP) Christian Benteke's stoppage time header earned Crystal Palace a stirring 3-2 comeback win at hapless Sunderland on Saturday.

The Black Cats appeared set for their first win of the Premier League season after a double from Jermain Defoe.

But goals inside the last half an hour from Joe Ledley and James McArthur put Palace back level before Benteke popped up to steal the show and earn Palace a third successive league success.

Benteke seals Palace comeback at Sunderland

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Sunderland (United Kingdom) (AFP) Christian Benteke's stoppage time header earned Crystal Palace a stirring 3-2 comeback win at hapless Sunderland on Saturday.

The Black Cats appeared set for their first win of the Premier League season after a double from Jermain Defoe.

But goals inside the last half an hour from Joe Ledley and James McArthur put Palace back level before Benteke popped up to steal the show and earn Palace a third successive league success.

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Jermain Defoe strike sees off Chelsea as Sunderland eye survival

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Two goals in the space of three minutes midway through the second half, including a winner by the prolific Jermain Defoe, clinched a 3-2 win for Sunderland over Chelsea as the Black Cats moved out of the Premier League relegation zone on Saturday.

After Diego Costa and Nemanja Matic had scored, either side of Wahbi Khazri's superb equaliser, to hand visitors Chelsea a 2-1 half-time lead at the Stadium of Light, Sam Allardyce's team equalized for the second time in the 67th minute when Fabio Borini turned in Patrick van Aaanholt's left-wing pull back.

Jermain Defoe strike sees off Chelsea as Sunderland eye survival

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Two goals in the space of three minutes midway through the second half, including a winner by the prolific Jermain Defoe, clinched a 3-2 win for Sunderland over Chelsea as the Black Cats moved out of the Premier League relegation zone on Saturday.

After Diego Costa and Nemanja Matic had scored, either side of Wahbi Khazri's superb equaliser, to hand visitors Chelsea a 2-1 half-time lead at the Stadium of Light, Sam Allardyce's team equalized for the second time in the 67th minute when Fabio Borini turned in Patrick van Aaanholt's left-wing pull back.

Jermain Defoe rescue act can’t stop Sunderland slipping into bottom three

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Jermain Defoe held his nerve to convert the last-gasp penalty that gave Sunderland a dramatic 1-1 draw against Stoke, but the Premier League strugglers still slipped back into the relegation zone on Saturday.

Sam Allardyce's side started the weekend outside the bottom three on goal difference, but their survival bid suffered a setback despite Defoe's late leveler at the Britannia Stadium.

Jermain Defoe rescue act can’t stop Sunderland slipping into bottom three

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Jermain Defoe held his nerve to convert the last-gasp penalty that gave Sunderland a dramatic 1-1 draw against Stoke, but the Premier League strugglers still slipped back into the relegation zone on Saturday.

Sam Allardyce's side started the weekend outside the bottom three on goal difference, but their survival bid suffered a setback despite Defoe's late leveler at the Britannia Stadium.

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Newcastle 1-1 Sunderland: Mitrovic late show keeps northeast foes in mire

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Newcastle United striker Aleksandar Mitrovic headed home an 83rd-minute equaliser in a 1-1 draw with Sunderland on Sunday that did nothing to ease both clubs' Premier League relegation fears.

Both remain in the bottom three, but it could have been so much worse for Newcastle manager Rafael Benitez as his side trailed in his second game in charge against local rivals who had won their previous six derby encounters.

Newcastle 1-1 Sunderland: Mitrovic late show keeps northeast foes in mire

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Newcastle United striker Aleksandar Mitrovic headed home an 83rd-minute equaliser in a 1-1 draw with Sunderland on Sunday that did nothing to ease both clubs' Premier League relegation fears.

Both remain in the bottom three, but it could have been so much worse for Newcastle manager Rafael Benitez as his side trailed in his second game in charge against local rivals who had won their previous six derby encounters.

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Adorable: Terminally Ill Sunderland Fan Bradley Lowery Reacts To Jermain Defoe’s England Call-Up (Video)

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The news of Jermain Defoe's long-awaited recall to the England squad was welcomed by many fans, who were glad to see the veteran striker rewarded for his resurgent form at club level.

However, Defoe's inclusion in Gareth Southgate's latest ensemble came as positively joyous news to his youngest friend, wee Sunderland fanatic Bradley Lowery.

England Squad Announced: Jermain Defoe Back In The Pack As Gareth Southgate Calls Up Raft Of New Faces

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England have announced their squad for the upcoming friendly against Germany and the World Cup qualifier against Lithuania thereafter and the headline news is that Jermain Defoe has played his way back into the fold.

Having scored 14 goals for Sunderland so far this season, 34-year-old Defoe is now in line to win his first international cap since November of 2013.

VIDEO: Mourinho arrives at Old Trafford for first time as manager

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Allardyce hails Defoe-for-Altidore swap as Sunderland's best move 'in a long time'

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Sunderland manager Sam Allardyce wasn't with his current club back when the Black Cats swapped Jozy Altidore for Jermain Defoe, but he considers himself and his club very lucky the deal went down.

When asked about Defoe on Tuesday, the veteran manager said that he believes the forward is a realistic option to represent England at this summer's Euro 2016.

On This Day In 2009: In, Out, In, Out – Robbie Keane Does The Tottenham Hokey-Cokey

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Think of Tottenham Hotspur and you think of tradition – cup glory, fast flowing football and, for at short stretch after the turn of themillennium, selling players only to buy them back again shortly thereafter.

Case in point. Robbie Keane had left Tottenham in the summer of 2008, completing a stunning double deal in which the North London club managed to sell him and Dimitar Berbatov, thus depriving themselves of arguably the best strike combination in the Premier League.