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Jermain Defoe reckons he should not be kept out of the national team

Jermain Defoe reckons he should not be kept out of the national team just because of the fact that he has crossed his 30 and is no longer young.

According to the striker, its fitness and not the age which should be taken into account when the manager sits to pick the players.

Defoe has been quite productive for the Black Cats of late finding the net as many as 5 times with the season just about two-week old.

The veteran was overlooked last year when Roy Hodgson named his squad for World Cup and that had left him deeply gutted. It had come to him as an absolute shock.

It was, however, thought that Defoe moving to play in the Major League Soccer at the start of that .

Defoe, himself, also agrees to that, but, he believes that now he is showing his form and skills at a higher level and thus, if he manages to stay consistent, there must be case of his recall.

Speaking to the reporters yesterday, Defoe said, “I’ve not announced my retirement which means I am available and if I have goals to show, there is no reason why there should not be a consideration to get me back in.”

“The move to Toronto might have prompted some people to think I was not keen to extend my international career, but, it was never the case.”

When asked about him being in his thirties now and the possibility of Hodgson preferring younger strikers, the former Tottenham player said, “Well, that’s okay. If the youngsters are doing the job, they should be persisted with. But, from my point of view, if I am fit and playing well, I have every right to keep believing that I am there knocking the door.”

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