Roy Hodgson named his 26-man provisional squad for the tournament on Monday, with very few surprises among the bunch.
There were a few shocks though, with Manchester United youngster Marcus Rashford’s inclusion chief among them.
He was picked ahead of Defoe, despite the veteran managing 18 goals in all competitions this past season, 15 alone in the Premier League.
And reacting on Twitter, Bent says he is shocked by that decision, as Defoe would have guaranteed the Three Lions goals.
Just seen the England squad. No Defoe after the season he's had. Shocked about that. #alwaysscoresgoals— Darren Bent (@DarrenBent) May 16, 2016
Defoe’s exclusion was something of a surprise given how well he has performed this season.
With Arsenal’s Danny Welbeck also out absent through injury, adding the Sunderland man to the squad would have been a decision that few would have questioned.
It wasn’t meant to be though, and this snub must surely now mean his England career has come to an end, which is a similar situation that several who missed out will be pondering.