Jermain Defoe criticises former Sunderland boss Dick Advocaat

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Sunderland striker Jermain Defoe was frustrated at being played out of position.

Sunderland striker Jermain Defoe has criticised the way former boss Dick Advocaat persisted in playing him out wide.

Speaking to the Chronicle, Defoe explained that it was the first time he had ever been asked to play in the position in his career.

The 33-year-old said he tried his best to make it work, but was uncomfortable being so far away from the danger area of the opposition box, where he is so effective at scoring goals.

He said: "The old manager used to play me on the left. I have never played there during my whole career, never even at school. That was a bit strange, playing as a full-back when you have always been a forward.

"I am a No 9 – then all of a sudden I am being asked to play a role I have never played before.

“I always tried to work hard for the team. It wasn’t my natural game. It takes away the chances of getting goals. Chasing full-backs means you will not get chances.”

Defoe has been impressive under new manager Sam Allardyce, being played through the middle in his preferred position.

The striker is one of the most in form attackers in the Premier League - with 10 goals this season he has more than Chelsea's Diego Costa (9), and Manchester United and England captain Wayne Rooney (7).

If he keeps it up then whispers of an England recall for Euro 2016 will grow louder, even if it may not come at Rooney's expense.


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