Darren Bent backs Sunderland striker Jermain Defoe for Euro 2016

The Sunderland striker has been terrific this season.

England are set to be without Danny Welbeck for the European Championships this summer after the Arsenal striker was ruled out for nine months with a knee injury suffered at the weekend.

That means a potential gap in the England squad for another striker and the likes of Andy Carroll and Marcus Rashford have been mentioned as potential options.

One former England international striker has now given his opinion on the matter, and believes a former team-mate of his should get the nod.

Darren Bent, a former Sunderland player, believes Black Cats striker and former Spurs team-mate Jermain Defoe should be in contention.

Bent told talkSPORT this morning (12/05/16):

“You’ve got (Harry) Kane, (Jamie) Vardy, (Wayne) Rooney, (Daniel) Sturridge – they’re probably the four.

“For me, on current form and people playing well, Defoe. Nobody is really mentioning Jermain Defoe but for me he has been one of the main reasons why Sunderland have stayed up this season.

“Every week you look and he has got one, he has got two, he has got three.

“He’s getting important winners and getting them points. For me, JD has got to be in the reckoning.

“He’s probably the most in-form striker in the country at the moment.”

Bent, who scored four times for England in 13 caps, has a point.

Defoe has been fantastic for Sunderland this season and, without him, then the club would likely be in the Championship next season.

Defoe is a potent finisher in and around the box and has been in superb form this season. He also has plenty of international experience. He has scored 19 times for England in 55 appearances.

Perhaps the 33-year-old is the right option for England this summer.

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