If you want to score goals, be a vegan. That’s pretty much the message from Jermain Defoe as the 34-year-old striker rolled back the years on Sunday and scored in England’s 2-0 win over Lithuania in a 2018 World Cup qualifier at Wembley. The Sunderland striker was recalled to the England squad for the first time since 2013 by Gareth Southgate and Defoe, like he has done all season, looked sharp and in the zone. Despite playing for struggling Sunderland who sit bottom of the Premier League table, Defoe has scored 14 goals in the league. The only Englishman who has scored more times in the PL this season is Harry Kane. Via the Guardian, Defoe has revealed the lengths he has gone to, off the pitch,
Paddy McNair has confirmed that it was his decision to leave Manchester United on a permanent transfer last summer after defying Jose Mourinho, who wanted the defender to go on loan. The Northern Irishman sealed a permanent switch to Sunderland in a £5.5m ($7m) deal last summer after having spent his entire career with the Old Trafford club. McNair was highly rated in Manchester and made the breakthrough under Louis van Gaal during the 2014/15 campaign.
Mesut Ozil is on international break, and bristling at reports that Arsenal is going to sell him. The midfielder’s absence from the lineup last week had plenty speculating on his future, even more than usual. His contract expires in 2018, and several reports claimed he’d join Alexis Sanchez as players destined for elsewhere. Ozil was not called up by Germany, and has missed four of his last nine Premier League matches. Three of those were for illness, and he missed last week’s loss to West Brom with a hamstring injury. From Metro: “And you think Wenger tells the journalist before he tells me? Then I know him differently,” Ozil told German outlet Welt. “I have a contract until 2018 in London and