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Stats show Jermain Defoe is England's ideal replacement for injured Harry Kane

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Sunderland's Jermain Defoe must be included in Gareth Southgate's England squad on Thursday, exclusive stats from Oulala.com show. 
 
Harry Kane's suspected ankle ligament injury in Tottenham's 6-0 victory over Millwall in the FA Cup at the weekend is expected to keep the Spurs forward out of action for approximately seven weeks, therefore ruling him out of Gareth Southgate's England squad announcement this week. 
 
In the 23-year-old's absence, Jermain Defoe is now the most prolific goalscorer available to the Three Lions. While his other attacking stats show why now is the perfect time for an England recall. 
 
This season, Defoe is the second top scoring Englishman, behind Kane (19), netting 14 goals in 27 Premier League games. A strike rate of a goal, on average, every 173 minutes. 
 

 
Defoe is also outscoring a number of top forwards across Europe including Atletico Madrid's Antoine Griezmann (13), AC Milan's Carlos Bacca (12), Juventus' Paulo Dybala (9) and Barcelona's Neymar (8). 
 
Gareth Southgate will be naming his first squad as the permanent England manager on Thursday for the forthcoming friendly away to world champions Germany in Dortmund next Wednesday and the home World Cup qualifier against Lithuania at Wembley four days later. 
 
On the chances of an England recall, Defoe recently said to SkySports "I feel like I should have been involved last season if it's based on merit and stats - on who's scoring goals." He added "All I can do is keep playing well."
 
When compared to the other four strikers to have been named in Gareth Southgate's England squads (alongside Harry Kane); Jamie Vardy, Marcus Rashford, Wayne Rooney and Daniel Sturridge, the stats suggest Defoe's performances this season merit, at the very least, a place in the squad. 
 
The Sunderland striker has scored at least double the amount of goals any of the other forwards have. The numbers also show that Defoe has taken an average of almost 100 minutes less to score each of his goals in the Premier League this season compared to any of Southgate's regulars, while he has registered almost double the amount of shots too. 
 
Only Liverpool's Daniel Sturridge can boast a better shot accuracy than Defoe and just Vardy can match his conversion rate. 
 
Although Defoe's age is the likely reason why Southgate has been reluctant to include the 34-year-old in his squads for his four games in charge as England manager, the stats go on to show that Defoe has made more Premier League appearances and has registered far more minutes of game-time than any of the other strikers, highlighting age is, as the saying goes, just a number. 
 
 
Defoe has made 55 appearances for England, scoring 19 goals. His last appearance came in an 8-0 win against San Marino in 2013, a game in which he scored twice. 
 
 
 
 
 
Russell Cane
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russ@oulala.com
 
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