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David Moyes – Jermain Defoe call-up could help us

March 23, 2017 9:58 am Published by

Sunderland manager David Moyes is confident that Jermain Defoe’s call-up to the England squad will give him and his side a boost in the final months of the season.

The Black Cats, 1.10 to be relegated, remain rock bottom of the Premier League table after 27 matches.

Moyes’ side are six points away from safety and they will need a dramatic change in fortunes at the Stadium of Light.

Defoe was recalled to the England squad by manager Gareth Southgate for the first time since 2013 and he will be hoping to play some part against Germany and Lithuania.

He has scored 14 of Sunderland’s 24 goals this season and Moyes is hoping the call-up helps the experienced forward and the rest of his squad.

“I think it’s a boost to Jermain and hopefully it gives the whole club a lift because we need his goals and we need more goals,” he told reporters.

“It’s less and less likely that older players get call-ups when they’ve been out of the team for a while.

“You get players like Steven Gerrard and Wayne Rooney who play right through to their mid-thirties, but when you’ve been out of the squad, it shows your professionalism in never giving up on it.”

While Defoe’s news has given the club a lift, midfielder Jan Kirchoff has suffered a setback as he tries to recover from injury.

The midfielder has not played since December due to hamstring and knee injuries and he recently suffered another blow during an under-23’s match.


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