Defoe: Great feeling to be back

Jermain Defoe admitted to an emotional occasion after he helped England to a 2-0 win against Lithuania on his return to the international stage.

The Sunderland striker scored the opening goal midway through the first half at Wembley on Sunday in his first appearance for the Three Lions in just over three years.

Jamie Vardy sealed the win in the second half, the Leicester hitman finding the back of the net just six minutes later replacing Defoe.

The 35-year-old was given the honour of leading out the team alongside Black Cats fan Bradley Lowery – a terminally ill five-year-old who has developed a special bond with his hero.

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Asked how it felt to make his comeback, Defoe told ITV: "I enjoyed it, it's been a good week. It's hard to put into words really.

"I had to keep my emotions [under control], obviously little Brad was with me. You can imagine how I felt doing that, it was special. Just to be back playing with the lads was a great feeling."

England boss Gareth Southgate added: "I'm pleased for the two lads who have got the goals, a great story for Jermain and I felt Jamie added something to us."