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

Jermain Defoe gets in a shot against Lithuania. Picture by Frank Reid
Jermain Defoe gets in a shot against Lithuania. Picture by Frank Reid
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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.

Defoe marked his return to international duty with the opening goal in today’s 2-0 qualifying victory against Lithuania at Wembley.

Now he wants to make sure of a place in Gareth Southgate’s plans for the end-of-season clash with Scotland at Hampden.

Asked about staying in the squad for the Glasgow game, Defoe told ITV: “Obviously I’ve got to go back to my club and make sure we finish the season strong.

“Like I’ve always done, I’ll keep my head down and see what happens.”

Sunderland are bottom of the Premier League table, seven points from safety, ahead of their return to action at Watford this coming Saturday.