Southgate turns to Defoe

16 March 2017 10:18:26 EST

England manager Gareth Southgate has included Jermain Defoe in his squad for this month's games against Germany and Lithuania.

The 34-year-old Sunderland striker won the last of his 55 England caps in November 2013 in a friendly against Chile.

Defoe has scored 14 Premier League goals for the struggling Black Cats this season to bring his tally for the club since they signed him in January 2015 to 33 in 77 top-flight matches.

Defoe has been recalled as Wayne Rooney, Daniel Sturridge and Harry Kane are all injured.

Meanwhile, Southampton duo Nathan Redmond and James Ward-Prowse could be set to make their first England appearances while West Brom midfielder Jake Livermore has also been included in the squad.

England play against Germany in a friendly on 22nd March before facing Lithuania in a World Cup qualifier at Wembley four days later.

Manchester United striker Marcus Rashford is also in the squad as is Leicester City's Jamie Vardy but there is no place for West Ham's Andy Carroll or Andre Gray of Burnley.

Everton midfielder Ross Barkley has earned a first call-up since Euro 2016, but Liverpool's Jordan Henderson is out with a foot injury. Jack Wilshere has not been included in the squad and there is also no place for Middlesbrough defender Ben Gibson.

England are 15/4 to beat Germany on 22nd March and 14/1 to win the match 2-1. Meanwhile, England are 18/1 to win the World Cup in 2018.

England squad in full:

Fraser Forster (Southampton), Joe Hart (Torino, on loan from Man City), Tom Heaton (Burnley), Ryan Bertrand (Southampton), Gary Cahill (Chelsea), Nathaniel Clyne (Liverpool), Phil Jones (Man Utd), Michael Keane (Burnley), Luke Shaw (Man Utd), Chris Smalling (Man Utd), John Stones (Man City), Kyle Walker (Tottenham), Dele Alli (Tottenham), Michail Antonio (West Ham), Ross Barkley (Everton), Eric Dier (Tottenham), Adam Lallana (Liverpool), Jesse Lingard (Man Utd), Jake Livermore (West Brom), Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arsenal), Nathan Redmond (Southampton), Raheem Sterling (Man City), James Ward-Prowse (Southampton), Jermain Defoe (Sunderland), Marcus Rashford (Man Utd), Jamie Vardy (Leicester).

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