Southampton v Sunderland Team News: Jermain Defoe left out

Jermain Defoe was left out of the starting XI at Southampton after Fabio Borini was preferred to Sunderland's top scorer.

By The Newsroom
Saturday, 05 March, 2016, 13:05
Jermain Defoe

Borini - who netted a stunning last-minute equaliser against Crystal Palace in midweek - was recalled at the expense of Defoe in a switch which saw Dame N'Doye moving into a central role.

That was one of two changes from Sunderland boss Sam Allardyce, with Younes Kaboul taking the place of captain John O'Shea, who wasn't risked despite recovering from a calf injury.

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Southampton: Forster, Clasie, Fonte, S Davies, Mane, Tadic, Romeu, Martina, Van Dijk, Pelle, Bertrand. Subs: Stekelenburg, Cedric, Yoshida, Ward-Prowse, Reed, Juanmi, Olomola

Sunderland: Mannone, Yedlin, Kaboul, Kone, van Aanholt, Kirchhoff, M'Vila, Rodwell, Khazri, Borini, N'Doye. Subs: Pickford, Jones, Larsson, O’Shea, Defoe, Toivonen, Mandron