EXCITED: Jermain Defoe
JERMAIN DEFOE has returned to international football by being called up to the England squad on Thursday afternoon (March 16).
Gareth Southgate's team for their match against Germany and the World Cup qualifier against Lithuania was revealed on Twitter, and includes 34-year-old Defoe, who last played for England 1,217 days ago.
Defoe reacted to his call up with a series of tweets thanking fans for their support.
He tweeted: "Playing for England has been my dream since day one so to be back in the squad is so special for me."
"It's also special for my family and I feel I deserve this because I've always dedicated myself to the game. I'm really looking forward to meeting up with the squad and seeing all the boys."
"This time around it'll be strange being one of the older lads, but I can't wait! Buzzing!"
Defoe is one of three strikers in the squad, with Rashford included for the first time since Euro 2016, while Jamie Vardy is also in the side.