POLL: Could Danny Welbeck injury open England Euro 2016 door for Sunderland star Jermain Defoe?

Jermain Defoe has scored 18 goals in all competitions this season
Jermain Defoe has scored 18 goals in all competitions this season
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In-form Sunderland striker Jermain Defoe bagged his 18th goal of the season in the weekend win over Chelsea.

And his 70th minute winner has sparked fresh calls for the forward to be recalled to the national squad ahead of Euro 2016.

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Defoe, who has also provided one assist, has been in consistent form all season and is the third-highest scoring Englishman in the Premier League behind Harry Kane (25) and Jamie Vardy (24).

Defoe has scored 15 goals in the Premier League - with three goals coming in the Capital One Cup - and in the league he scores every 164 minutes for the Black Cats.

His shots on target rate is 64 per cent - better than both Kane (61 per cent) and Vardy (58 per cent) with 35 of Defoe's 55 attempts on goal on target.

The 33-year-old has played 55 times for England, scoring 19 goals but he hasn't featured for the national side since 2013.

He would be considered an outside bet to make the England squad but his chances of getting a late call have been boosted by fears over Danny Welbeck's fitness.

The Arsenal striker was forced off after 24 minutes of Arsenal's 2-2 draw at Manchester City on Sunday with what could be a knee cartilage injury.

The 25-year-old, who only returned from a 10-month lay-off following an injury to the other knee in February, was due to undergo a scan on Monday.

He has not been ruled out of this summer's tournament in France but Gunners boss Arsene Wenger did express concern.

Hodgson names his initial squad for the European Championship on Thursday.

Wenger said: "At half-time I looked at him and he was very down, so he must have pain. Let's hope we have good news from the scan.

"The good news is that he will not be out for the Euros and bad news is that he is out for the Euros, but I don't know. I don't know if it is a lateral meniscus.

"I am an optimist, but let's wait until we have a real good diagnosis."

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