Jermain Defoe has told Roy Hodgson he is available for England duty

The striker has been sensational for Sunderland this season.

Sunderland striker Jermain Defoe has told England manager Roy Hodgson he is available for Euro 2016, Sam Allardyce has told the Sunderland Echo.

The striker has been in sensational form for Sunderland this season, with 18 goals in all competitions.

That has sparked talk of a potential return to the England squad, with many believing he should be in contention given his performances.

It is unlikely because of the form of the likes of Harry Kane and Jamie Vardy have enjoyed, but Allardyce says his striker has informed the England boss of his availability nonetheless.

“There’s many, many high-quality strikers that England have got to select from for the first time in a long time,” he told the Sunderland Echo.

“Would Roy want another one? Would he want a big one or a Jermain Defoe? Jermain has said to Roy that if he needs him, he’s here. He’s proved that he can still do it.”

After an injury to Arsenal's Danny Welbeck appears to have ruled him out of the tournament, there is certainly a chance for Defoe this summer.

Given how well he has played this year, he certainly should be ahead of the likes of Andy Carroll and Theo Walcott.

His age should not go against him either, he would actually add some much needed experience to the current squad.

Unfortunately for the Sunderland player though, Hodgson has plenty of options in the position and it is that fact above anything else that is likely to see Defoe miss out.

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