Date: 27th March 2017 at 3:32pm
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Sunderland striker Jermain Defoe marked his first England involvement since November 2013 with a goal against Lithuania in a World Cup qualifying victory at Wembley on Sunday.

Defoe said it was a great feeling to be involved with England again but was visibly emotional as he led the team out with Bradley Lowery, the ‘best mate’ of the Sunderland striker that Defoe has build up a strong bond with since first meeting the cancer stricken five year old.

He was quoted by Sky Sports as saying.

‘I had to keep my emotions in the beginning with little Brad with me. It was special just to be back and playing with the lads is a great feeling.’

The 34 year old was recalled to the England squad by Gareth Southgate following another impressive goalscoring season with Sunderland in an otherwise miserable campaign, which has so far seen Defoe score 14 goals.

Victory over Lithuania keeps England top of Group F with Defoe targeting a place in the 2018 World Cup squad in Russia, but in the meantime he’ll look to finish the season well and ‘see what happens’ next.

‘Obviously I’ve got to go back to my club and make sure we finish the season strong. I’ll keep my head down and see what happens. It’s good to be back. Just to win the game was important and we did that. It’s hard to put in words really to be back.’

Sunderland are in desperate need of a win at Watford – with or without goals from Defoe – on Saturday as we return to Premier League action seven points adrift of safety, albeit with a game in hand.

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