Defoe Scores On His Return To England Squad
Jermain Defoe scored in his first international appearance since 2013 as England took another comfortable step in their qualifying campaign for next year’s World Cup with victory over Lithuania.
Gareth Southgate’s first game at Wembley since succeeding Sam Allardyce on a permanent basis provided few alarms as England remain firmly in control at the top of Group F.
Sunderland striker Defoe, 34, justified his call-up with a typically clinical finish after 21 minutes and a lively performance that suggested he still has a part to play under this manager.
And when Southgate needed someone to break Lithuania’s stubborn resistance after the break, substitute Jamie Vardy obliged from close-range in the 66th minute, converting a subtle touch from Liverpool’s Adam Lallana inside the area.
Before kick-off there was a minute’s silence inside the stadium for the victims of last week’s London attack. There was also a tribute paid to former England manager Graham Taylor, who died in January.