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Defo-nitely right choice

JERMAIN DEFOE provided the headline after three-and-a-half years in the international wilderness. Despite Gareth Southgate’s hope and optimism for a bright new era, it needed a veteran to open up the game and help England beat “mighty” Lithuania 2-0 on Sunday.

» Took Defoe 21 minutes to open scoring.

» Left fans wondering why succession of England managers left him       in the cold.

» Best bet to nick a goal in tight games.

» Sixth oldest England scorer at 34 years, 170 days.

“If he’s scoring goals in the Premier League and playing as well as he has this season, there’s absolutely no reason why he couldn’t go to the World Cup.” — Southgate


1. Stanley Matthews:

 41 years, 248 days

2. Tom Finney:

   36 years, 182 days

3. Teddy Sheringham:

35 years, 187 days

4. Frank Lampard:

34 years, 343 days

5. Jack Charlton:

34 years, 217 days