Jermain Defoe starts for England in crucial World Cup qualifier

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

The 34-year-old was an unused substitute in the 1-0 defeat to Germany in Dortmund during the week but gets the nod to lead the line at Wembley this evening.

Gareth Southgate yesterday praised the Sunderland striker's hunger, and he will play in front of an exciting trident in Adam Lallana, Raheem Sterling and Dele Alli.

Southgate said: "Jermain is scoring goals for his club, doesn't get too many chances, but he's a deadly finisher. If called upon, I have every faith that he'll score goals. No question.”

Raheem Sterling, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and John Stones all come into the side.

England XI: Hart, Walker, Keane, Stones, Bertrand; Dier, Oxlade-Chamberlain; Sterling, Dele, Lallana; Defoe

Subs: Clyne, Forster, Shaw, Gibson, Livermore, Ward-Prowse, Vardy, Rashford, Redmond, Lingard, Heaton, Shaw, Barkley