Allardyce backs Defoe for England return

Sunderland manager Sam Allardyce has advised England national team coach Roy Hodgson to call up veteran striker Jermain Defoe for Euro 2016 in France.

Defoe has been very instrumental in lifting the Black Cats out of the relegation zone, netting 15 Premier League goals so far, including a late winner in their 3-2 victory over Chelsea on Saturday.

Although he has not played for his national team since November 2013, Allardyce believes the 33-year-old will be a very good option for the Three Lions up-front.

"I just think, if Roy needed anybody to go along to the Euros with experience and he needed a goal, and maybe not from the start sometimes, then Jermain would be your man, if he felt he needed it, " Allardyce said.

"Because he has proven that this year. He has had a big run of games that he has not had for a few years. He has been a consistent performer at the highest level again.

"He has scored 18 goals in all competitions, which leaves him around the third or the fourth highest scorer in all competitions this year, which is pretty miraculous for a team that has been sat in the bottom three or four all season.

"What he has just said to England is that 'I can still do it if you want me to'. This season, he has said, 'Roy, if you want me to, here I am, look at what I've done, I can still do it if you think you need me'.

"If resurrected himself is the right word, he has certainly done that this season, by the level of performance."