Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe backs Jermain Defoe for England World Cup squad

Howe backs Defoe for England WC squad
© SilverHub
Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe backs striker Jermain Defoe to force his way into England's squad for next summer's World Cup.

Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe has claimed that Jermain Defoe's "leadership and experience" can benefit England at next year's World Cup.

Defoe has dropped down the Three Lions pecking order with just one goal being scored in 10 Premier League games this season, while Gareth Southgate has shown a preference to use younger players.

However, Howe has insisted that Defoe still has a role to play for England, provided that the 35-year-old can improve his form in front of goal during the rest of the campaign.

The 39-year-old is quoted by Sky Sports News as saying: "I believe that Jermain can make the World Cup squad. I think he can have an impact at the World Cup for sure. Obviously, it will be defined by how well he does for us between now and then.

"I think you need a mix of players to take to the World Cup. I'm not trying to tell Gareth anything, he will make his own decisions but I think everyone will recognise that you need leadership and experience and from Jermain's perspective someone who can change a game, come on and nick a goal, and who better than him?"

Defoe has scored 20 goals in 57 outings for his country, with the forward's last strike coming against Lithuania in March.

Share this article now:
Jermain Defoe on the bench during the Premier League game between Bournemouth and Watford on August 19, 2017
Read Next:
Defoe 'worried about England future'
>

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Select and display your favourite team's news and scores in this panel

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Select and display your favourite team's news and scores in this panel

Subscribe to our Newsletter


Transfer Talk Daily
Match previews - twice weekly
Morning Briefing (7am UTC)
Ultra close-up image of Kevin De Bruyne [NOT FOR USE IN ARTICLES]Get the latest transfer news, match previews and news direct to your inbox!
Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
CManchester CityMan City33283293256887
2Manchester UnitedMan Utd34235665263974
3Liverpool352011480374371
4Tottenham HotspurSpurs34208666313568
5Chelsea34196959342563
6Arsenal331661162451754
7Burnley341410103431352
8Leicester CityLeicester341111124947244
9Everton34119143954-1542
10Newcastle UnitedNewcastle33118143542-741
11Bournemouth35911154158-1738
12Watford35108174260-1838
13Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton34812143247-1536
14West Ham UnitedWest Ham33811144159-1835
15Crystal Palace35811163654-1835
16Huddersfield TownHuddersfield3498172754-2735
17Swansea CitySwansea3389162746-1933
18Southampton34514153353-2029
19Stoke CityStoke34610183164-3328
20West Bromwich AlbionWest Brom35413182954-2525

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Select and display your favourite team's news and scores in this panel
Login, I already have my ad-free pass
Log in with Facebook to customise Sports Mole
Buy ad-free access (show me the options)
Buy monthly ad-free access for £1.20/month
Buy yearly ad-free access for £12 (2 months free)
Settings - Logout - Manage your account
Settings - Logout - Manage your account
LIVE SCORES VIDEPRINTER
expand