Black Cats striker wants international honours again.
New Sunderland star Jermain Defoe has vowed to win his place in the England national team back by firing the Premier League strugglers to safety, according to the Daily Express.
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The striker had been the forgotten man of international football once he’d made the move to MLS outfit Toronto FC last year, but he has since returned to the Premier League following an unhappy season in Canada.
Defoe has insisted that he does not regret heading out across the pond, even though the decision likely cost him his place in Roy Hodgson’s plans for the World Cup last summer.
But now the 32-year-old is back in England, expectations on him to perform and earn his reported £70,000-per-week have skyrocketed, but he has assured fans that he is ready to thrive and win back his spot in the Three Lions squad.
“Roy knows what he gets from me. He can look at my England record. I don’t think I really need to have conversation with him,” Defoe said.
“I’ve never felt like retiring from international football. I still think I’ve got a lot to offer, and that I’ve got a lot of goals left in me.
“I still want to play for my country. If I’m scoring goals I’d like to think I’ll get the chance to do that again.”