England treatment of Tottenham's Defoe "mind boggling"
Former Tottenham striker Les Ferdinand has slammed the way Jermain Defoe has been treated by England.
"But then look at what happened. Crouch, who is suspended for Israel, goes on ahead of him and Alan Smith, who's been playing as a midfielder, starts ahead of him.
"If I was Jermain, I would think the manager is sending out a message to me. He had the opportunity to give a fit and available centre-forward a run-out and he didn't do it.
"If McClaren feels he's not good enough then he should come out and say 'I don't think he's international class'."