In Summary

  • Veteran striker Jermain Defoe has his sights on a "dream" place in England's 2018 World Cup squad after returning to the fold following a near four-year absence, he said on Monday.
  • The 34-year-old Sunderland player was recalled by manager Gareth Southgate for Wednesday's friendly against Germany in Dortmund and Sunday's World Cup qualifier at home to Lithuania.
  • Asked if he is already thinking about playing at the World Cup in Russia, Defoe replied: "Of course, yeah. I know how important it is to play for your country."

BURTON-ON-TRENT

Veteran striker Jermain Defoe has his sights on a "dream" place in England's 2018 World Cup squad after returning to the fold following a near four-year absence, he said on Monday.

The 34-year-old Sunderland player was recalled by manager Gareth Southgate for Wednesday's friendly against Germany in Dortmund and Sunday's World Cup qualifier at home to Lithuania.

Asked if he is already thinking about playing at the World Cup in Russia, Defoe replied: "Of course, yeah. I know how important it is to play for your country."

Defoe was a member of the England squads that went to the 2010 World Cup and Euro 2012 and says the experiences whetted his appetite for major tournament football.

"Just going to a major tournament — travelling, getting to the hotels, playing the games — it's something you've always wanted to do from being a kid, growing up watching the great players over the years," he said.

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