FORMER England manager Glenn Hoddle has described Gareth Southgate’s decision to pick veteran Jermain Defoe as ‘visionary’ because future selections will become harder rather than easier.
With fewer English players available for selection than ever before, given the ever-growing influx of foreign imports, Hoddle welcomes the recall of Sunderland saviour Defoe, who returns to the international fold after a three-year absence.
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, the former Chelsea and Spurs boss says: “The England manager has limited options these days and I’ve no doubt this is a problem thst will only get worse as the years go by.
“But you only have to look at the list of goalscorers to see that Defoe is still one of the best, certainly one of the best English strikers. He has scored 14 goals in a team at the bottom of the Premier League, with limited amount of chances. That is quite remarkable.
“In fact I am sure his goalscoring rate is probably better than even the likes of Costa, Kane and Lukaku given the scarcity of chances produced by Sunderland.
“So in a way it is a visionary decision by Gareth Southgate, and he can do even better with a greater number of chances per game playing for England with so many better players.”
* Hoddle played in the same World Cup squad as Kerry Dixon for the 1986 World Cup in Mexico, and Dixon will be at Planet Hollywood on Wednesday for the big game against Germany, providing personal and private punditry on the night.