Report: Roy Hodgson impressed by Sunderland striker Jermain Defoe

The striker has been in impressive form for Sunderland this season.

England manager Roy Hodgson has been impressed by Sunderland striker Jermain Defoe this season, reports the Mirror.

Defoe has been in sensational form for Sunderland this season, essentially keeping them in the Premier League with his performances.

He has scored 18 goals in all competitions so far, 15 of which have come in the Premier League.

That has sparked talked of an international return with many believing that kind of form is worthy of an England call up, regardless of his age.

His chances were given a boost this week too, as Arsenal striker Danny Welbeck was ruled out for nine months with the injury he picked up against Manchester City.

And according to the Mirror, he is within every chance of making it into the Euro 2016 squad too, with Hodgson having been impressed by him this season.

He is determined to take five strikers with him to the tournament, with Wayne Rooney, Harry Kane, Daniel Sturridge and Jamie Vardy currently filling the slots.

That leaves a shootout for the final place, with Defoe, Marcus Rashford and potentially Theo Walcott all currently fighting for the final spot.

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