Defoe returns home after father dies

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Tottenham Hotspur striker Jermain Defoe has returned home from England’s training camp following the death of his father.

Defoe is expected to return to the squad base in Krakow, Poland and England officials have indicated that no replacement will be called up.

Spurs released a statement today in light of the tragic news.

“Everyone at the club sends their sincere condolences to Jermain and his family,” it read.

The White Hart Lane forward will have been hoping to play some part in England’s first Group D fixture against France on Monday, but this now looks uncertain.

Wayne Rooney’s suspension for the first two fixtures has given an opportunity for the squad’s other attackers to stake a claim for a place in the starting line up against Les Blues.

Defoe made his 47th appearance for the national team in the 1-0 friendly win over Belgium at Wembley on Saturday.

He could not get on the score sheet but did hit the post in what was a record 30th appearance from the bench.

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