Jermain Defoe targeting 2018 World Cup after dream England recall

Jermain Defoe was recalled to the England squad after his 14 goals for Sunderland this season

Rooney and Kane will miss England's Wednesday clash against reigning World Cup champions Germany due to injury.

"We just want to keep improving there were highlights and clips from the past as well and when things have not gone right in the past and how we can use them and remember them to benefit us in what we want to achieve and help us keep progressing".

"It feels different coming in as one of the senior lads".

"I was getting a lot of stick from the lads at the training ground because I've still got the England flag on my boots".

The Southampton midfielder has impressed this season and worked under Southgate when the England boss managed the under-21s.

"If I do get an opportunity to go to another major tournament it would be a dream", he added.

Defoe was a member of the England squads that went to the 2010 World Cup and Euro 2012 and says the experiences whetted his appetite for major tournament football.

Ex-West Ham striker Hurst, who managed an impressive 24 goals in his 49 England caps, including a memorable hat-trick in the 1966 World Cup final, believes Southgate would have been "weak" had he selected Rooney.

All real strong leaders in their own clubs, playing for the national side and I think that was arguably a team that should have won the European Championships. "It didn't stop me from getting my head down and not giving up", he said.

"Somebody's got to have it. Gareth Southgate's talking about a number of captains, I certainly don't agree with saying we should be changing captains, I don't agree with that at all".

"If you're in a side that's playing well and creating loads of chances, you're going to score goals".

The 34-year-old is joined by uncapped James Ward-Prowse with the England Under-21 captain having stepped up to the senior squad for the first time. "I know I am ready and the manager thinks that or he wouldn't have included me".

"I can't wait to draw every ounce of knowledge from the other players".

The former Tottenham player has scored 19 times for England since making his debut against Sweden in 2004, and has 14 Premier League goals this season, the second most by any English player behind Harry Kane (19).

'It was a hard phone call to accept because I felt in my heart I did enough to get on the plane'.

"To see so many faces I have seen in the under-21s is a good feeling".

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