In this Saturday, March, 14, 2015 file photo, Sunderland's Jermain Defoe looks on during their English Premier League soccer match against Aston Villa at the Stadium of Light, Sunderland, England. (AP Photo/Scott Heppell)
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Veteran Sunderland striker Jermain Defoe earned a first England call-up in four years Thursday for the forthcoming friendly against Germany and World Cup qualifier against Lithuania.Defoe, 34, has been drafted in after captain Wayne Rooney, Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane and Liverpool's Daniel Sturridge were ruled out by injury. Manchester United trio Phil Jones, Luke Shaw and Marcus Rashford earned recalls, but there was no place in the squad for Arsenal forward Theo Walcott.Explaining the omission of Rooney, who is carrying a knee injury, Southgate said: "I've talked with Wayne.
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