GK: 1 - Jimmy Montgomery No contest really. A local lad who won the FA Cup with the Lads back in 1973, Jimmy is responsible for one of the most iconic moments in Wearside history. That aside, he’s also made more appearances for the club than any other player, so to say Monty is anything other than one of the greatest homegrown players we’ve ever produced would surely be a ginormous understatement. Between the sticks, it has to be him. RB: 2 - Barry Venison Perhaps a controversial choice for his Newcastle roots, but you’d be hard pushed to find another right back that went on to play for England and captain the club in a Wembley final. Venison was a canny player if truth be told, although a series
Basement-side Sunderland are out of excuses and must string together a run of wins in April if they are to have any hope of staying in the Premier League, on-loan midfielder Adnan Januzaj has said. Sunderland have won just once in the league since Christmas and are seven points adrift of safety going into the last 10 games of the season, of which six are in April. "Six games is a lot in a short space of time," Januzaj told the Sunderland Echo.
Defoe to wait for his chance There was no England appearance for Jermain Defoe last night, as Gareth Southgate’s side lost 1-0 to Germany in Dortmund with the Sunderland forward sat firmly on the bench. The England boss preferred Jamie Vardy up front but with Wembley playing host to Lithuania in a friendly on Sunday evening, Defoe likely has a good chance of a run-out in that one. And the presence of Bradley Lowery as mascot should only add to what promises to be a special night. From a Sunderland perspective, the recall of Defoe to the national side has merely precipitated talk of him leaving the Stadium of Light in the summer should David Moyes oversee relegation from the Premier League. The