Jonathan Wilkes takes credit for Jermain Defoe's scoring return to global football

Jonathan Wilkes takes credit for Jermain Defoe's scoring return to global football

England striker Jermain Defoe made a scoring return to the worldwide stage and substitute Jamie Vardy added a second goal as the hosts laboured to a 2-0 victory over Lithuania in World Cup qualifying Group F on Sunday.

Defoe will make his first appearance for England in four years as he attempts to add to his 19 goals in 55 caps.

The striker, who has 19 goals for England in 55 games, replaces Jamie Vardy, who started up-front against Germany.

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It was an attack down that wing which led to Defoe's goal, Sterling making space for himself before driving a low ball across the face of goal.

England's players, led by captain Joe Hart, wore black armbands at Wembley and the game was preceded by the laying of wreaths in the centre circle and a minute's silence.

England had come to Wembley to entertain as well as win, while Lithuania made no bones about their intention to stop them.

Southgate is keenly aware that many of his predecessors as England manager have preferred to impose their will on the squad rather than listen to the opinions of the players.




But Southgate is adamant Rooney can play a part in his plans on the road to next year's World Cup in Russian Federation.

"Just to be back playing with the lads felt good".

Importantly, of course, thanks to an evergreen act of goal-poaching by Jermain Defoe and an instant reward for that bold double substitution, England were able to claim another three points on their formidable route to Russian Federation.

Two minutes later superb work from Raheem Sterling paved the way as the Manchester City forward bamboozled the visiting defence before sliding the ball into the box, and Defoe did the rest sending a sublime first-time finish into the top corner.

"With Terry, his coaching with senior players was brilliant because he allowed you to ask questions and challenge him", said former Middlesbrough boss Southgate.

Scotland climbed to fourth place and is only two points behind Slovakia, which moved into second by beating Malta 3-1.

Traditionally played the week before a major football tournament, the game sees an England side comprising of (usually) retired footballers and celebrities take on a Rest of the World side, also made up of ex-pros and celebs.

The World Cup qualification match between England and Lithuania will be broadcast on FS2.

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