Sunderland man has outside chance of making Roy Hodgson’s Euro 2016 squad, claims ex-England midfielder

first_imgFormer England midfielder Danny Murphy believes Sunderland striker Jermain Defoe has an outside chance of making England’s Euro 2016 squad in the summer.Defoe has plundered five goals in his last two games – including a hat-trick in the 4-2 win at Swansea on Wednesday night – and no Premier League side (apart from the Black Cats) has scored more than the 33-year-old in 2016.Defoe, who hasn’t played for England since November 2013, is propelling Sunderland closer to safety after a torrid start to the season, and Murphy claims he would be a risk-free option for Roy Hodgson ahead of the finals in France.“It’s unlikely but it’s not completely out of the question,” Murphy told the Colin Murray show.“If he goes on a good run and keeps Sunderland up by scoring goals, you never know.“The other factor is who is fit at the end of the season and who is playing well. At the moment you’d say [Harry] Kane, [Jamie] Vardy and [Wayne] Rooney are ahead of him.“But he’s scored goals at international level before, so it wouldn’t be a risk.”Defoe has scored 17 times for England – the last of which came against San Marino in March 2013 – and registered in a 1-0 win over Slovenia at the 2010 World Cup.last_img