Watford's Troy Deeney's response when asked whether Sunderland striker Jermain Defoe should be in the England squad

Watford striker Troy Deeney says that Sunderland's Jermain Defoe should have gone to Euro 2016 with England.

Watford striker Troy Deeney has said that Sunderland’s Jermain Defoe should have been included in England’s squad for Euro 2016.

Defoe had a wonderful season for Sunderland this term, with his goals being a major reason behind why the Black Cats were able to avoid the drop.

The only players in England’s squad who scored more goals than Defoe were Leicester City’s Jamie Vardy and Tottenham Hotspur’s Harry Kane, but Roy Hodgson overlooked the 33-year-old.

Hodgson instead called up Liverpool’s Daniel Sturridge and Manchester United’s Marcus Rashford to his provisional 26-man squad.

And Watford front man Deeney feels that the Three Lions boss may have made a mistake by omitting Defoe from his team.

Defoe has scored 18 goals in 34 appearances in all competitions this season, making him Sunderland’s leading scorer by a considerable margin.

England’s final preparations for Euro 2016 begin later today, when they take on Turkey at the Etihad Stadium.

England have been drawn against Russia, Wales and Slovakia in the group stages of Euro 2016.

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