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Top five: Players who didn't deserve England call-ups (3)

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2. Jermain Defoe

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Another man to whom Hodgson has expressed a great deal of loyalty is Jermain Defoe.

There is a strong case to put forward for his inclusion - his England goal tally stands at a respectable 19, with four in nine since 2012 proving that his eye for goal has not waned significantly despite his advancing years.

However, we mustn't ignore the fact that two of those strikes came against San Marino, and another against the Moldovans - hardly the cream of the European crop.

Add this to his lack of game time at Tottenham, even failing to dislodge the goal-shy Roberto Soldado, and a string of niggling injuries and it is fair to say that there are better options out there.

He is also, at 31, getting on a bit and it would perhaps now be time to look towards a more youthful option.

England are certainly not rife with attacking talent, but young forward Saido Berahino has shown great potential, although it is perhaps too soon for him. Danny Ings continues to impress for Burnley in the Championship and may be ready to make the step up, if not now then in the future.

If Roy is eager to retain experience then Peter Crouch may be a more viable option.

Defoe's move to Toronto could actually be of benefit to him, as it should allow his plenty of game time and could enhance his chances of making the squad, as he most certainly has the talent.

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