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​Allardyce coy over England recall for Sunderland striker Defoe

Jermain Defoe's goalscoring exploits this season have handed Sunderland a Premier League lifeline, but Black Cats boss Sam Allardyce is refusing to second guess England boss Roy Hodgson's thoughts on a recall for the player.

"I would have to have a word with Jermain about that," said Allardyce. "Has it crossed Roy's mind? I don't know.

"His performances and goals this season may have caused Roy to have a little look at him. If he's there, he knows how much experience he has got and can do it at that level.

"For the first time for a few years he has consistently played week in, week out and delivered in a position people questioned that he could - as a central striker on his own.

"He's done all that in what's been a struggle for us this year. Eighteen goals in all competitions - it's a great credit to him, his dedication and his ability in front of goal."

Ian Ferris
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