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Jermain Defoe wants ‘strong’ finish to the season with Sunderland – as he eyes England place against Scotland

Sunderland striker Jermain Defoe is targeting a ‘strong’ finish to the season with relegation-threatened Sunderland – as he he hopes to clinch a place in the England squad for June’s World Cup qualifier against Scotland.

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Jermain Defoe celebrates firing England ahead against Lithuania. Picture by Frank Reid

England goalscorer Jermain Defoe: I had to keep emotions in check alongside Bradley Lowery

Sunderland star Jermain Defoe admits that he had to keep his emotions in check ahead of his successful England return today.

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Lucy Staniforth scored for Sunderland

Sunderland Ladies knocked out of FA Cup by Chelsea

Sunderland Ladies were knocked out of the FA Cup in the quarter-finals after a 5-1 loss at Chelsea.

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Defoe scored just 21 minutes into his England return

Wembley rises to salute Jermain Defoe as Sunderland's talisman delivers perfect display

Jermain Defoe is used to leading from the front.
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Defoe starts for England

Jermain Defoe starts for England in crucial World Cup qualifier

Jermain Defoe has been handed a start in England's World Cup qualifier with Lithuania.

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SAFC 10 YEARS AGO: Jonny Evans targets dream double

SAFC 10 YEARS AGO: Jonny Evans targets dream double

Here’s what the Echo was reporting on SAFC 10 years ago.

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Jermain Defoe, pictured training with England, is set to win his first cap for four years. Pic: PA>

Sunderland's Jermain Defoe set to start for England v Lithuania

Sunderland striker Jermain Defoe looks set to lead England's front line in their World Cup qualifier against Lithuania today.

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Jimmy Montgomery gathers a cross under pressure against Newcastle in 1970

Ha’way Back When: Sunderland rally for derby point after day of Roker violence

Sunderland 1 Newcastle Utd 1 – March 27, 1970

Sunderland rallied to rescue a Good Friday point in the 100th Wear-Tyne derby.

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Anichebe's return will be crucial

Will busy April schedule aid Sunderland’s relegation battle once again?

It will be a weekend of quietly keeping an eye on events around Europe for Sunderland fans.

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Hylton Castle TWR (stripes) take on TS Potters in a recent Premier Division clash. Picture by Tim Richardson

Sunderland Sunday League: Stella sunk as Railway Club roar back to blow title race wide open

Sunderland Railway Club blew the Second Division title race wide open after a brilliant 2-1 win over The Stella.

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TS Potters' James Cassidy (blue) battle against Hylton Castle TWR. Picture by Tim Richardson

Sunderland Sunday League: Farra Paragon do a Barca in stunning comeback success against Foresters

It was certainly a game of two halves as Farra Paragon ISL produced a Barcelona-esque comeback to beat Ryhope Foresters 6-4 in a memorable Premier Division clash.

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Tori Williams shoots Sunderland Ladies ahead against Aston Villa

Alan Shearer cousin aims to make mark in charge of Sunderland Ladies

Melanie Reay faces a daunting second assignment as the new head coach of Sunderland Ladies.

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Peterlee Sunday League: Hall right now as Hearts sink Celtic to win Second Division Cup

Peterlee Hearts enjoyed a night to savour as they lifted the Second Division Cup in style.

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Former Sunderland AFC chairman Sir Bob Murray.

Former Newcastle United player Steven Taylor ‘wanted Sunderland move’, says ex-chairman Sir Bob Murray

Sunderland-hating former Newcastle defender Steven Taylor once tried to sign for the Black Cats Sir Bob Murray has told the Echo - but the club apparently “turned him down”.

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Houghton Cricket Club (red) take on Redcar Old Boys in the Over-40s League last week. Picture by Kevin Brady

Durham Sunday League: Fired-up Houghton Chilton Lodge rock high-flying Keys to boost safety push

Houghton Chilton Lodge boosted their First Division survival chances by edging home 2-1 against third-top Washington Cross Keys.

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Lynden Gooch has made his first team breakthrough this season

Sunderland boss proud to bring through youngsters but says sack threat makes it tough for Premier League managers

David Moyes says the sacking culture of the Premier League helps explain the dearth of young players making the grade in the top tier.

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Bradley Lowery with Jermain Defoe earlier this season.

Bradley Lowery's excitement ahead of leading out England with 'best friend' Jermain Defoe

Brave Bradley Lowery can't wait to lead out England with "best friend" Jermain Defoe this weekend.

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Easington Colliery (green) take on Alnwick Town in their recent Second Division clash.  Picture by Kevin Brady

Northern League: Red Star hope for change of luck in derby showdown against RCA

Seaham Red Star joint manager Paul Johnson hopes for a change of fortune in tomorrow’s First Division derby at home to Sunderland RCA.

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Pools' Scott Harrison battles against Exeter earlier this month. Picture by Frank Reid

Former Sunderland defender thrilled to land new deal with Hartlepool United

Short of an Iceland winning the World Cup you will never get a greater footballing fairytale than Leicester City.

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Can Moyes lead another great escape?

Can Sunderland catch their rivals? The comprehensive state of play analysis.. by those that cover the bottom seven every week

Sunderland’s international cohort will be returning to Wearside in the next few days ahead of a crucial month of Premier League action.

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