According to reports, Jermain Defoe could be set for an unlikely last-minute call-up to England’s Euro 2016 squad.
The Mirror report that the Sunderland frontman is in pole position for an unlikely Three Lions recall following his superb form this season.
Should he travel to France, the ex-Tottenham Hotspur frontman would emerge as the key beneficiary from Danny Welbeck’s recent fortune with injury.
The Arsenal striker was ruled out for nine months after picking up an injury against Manchester City last weekend, leaving Hodgson with a major hole in his strikeforce.
33-year-old Defoe, who has scored 15 goals in 33 appearances for Sunderland, helping Sam Allardyce’s Black Cats avoid relegation, may yet have to see off unlikely competition to secure a spot in Hodgson’s 23-man selection.
As reported by The Guardian, Manchester United wonderkid Marcus Rashford could take the available attacking spot in the Three Lions selection, having impressed Hodgson in his maiden campaign of senior football.