Report: Sam Allardyce ready to give Jermain Defoe an England return

Sunderland manager Sam Allardyce

The Sunderland striker scored 18 goals in all competitions last season.

Sunderland manager Sam AllardyceSunderland manager Sam Allardyce

According to the Mirror, Sam Allardyce is ready to hand Jermain Defoe an England return just weeks before he turns 34.

Allardyce was confirmed as the new England manager on Friday after he left Sunderland to take up the vacant position.

He has replaced Roy Hodgson in the role after he resigned following the humiliating exit to Iceland at Euro 2016.

England XI's manager Sam Allardyce celebrates winning the matchEngland XI's manager Sam Allardyce celebrates winning the match

He will be determined to be a success with the Three Lions, having long admitted his desire to manage the national team at some point.

After the dismal showing this summer under Hodgson, England fans are ready for change and will be hoping that Allardyce is the man to do it.

However, the first change he could be set to make is bringing back a very familiar face to his squad.

According to the Mirror, he is prepared to hand striker Jermain Defoe an international return, three years after his last appearance for his country.

Sunderland's Jermain Defoe in actionSunderland's Jermain Defoe in action

Allardyce worked with Defoe at Sunderland last season, and was hugely impressed by his performances, as he scored 18 goals in all competitions despite the Black Cats struggling.

Should he start next season in similar form, he will consider bringing him into the squad to take on the Czech Republic in September.

Sunderland's Jermain Defoe celebrates with Vito Mannone after the gameSunderland's Jermain Defoe celebrates with Vito Mannone after the game

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