Gareth Southgate insists Jermain Defoe can make England’s World Cup squad after the Sunderland striker scored on his return to international football.
Defoe, winning his first cap since November 2013, scored with a close-range finish as England beat Lithuania 2-0 at Wembley to make it four wins out of five in Group F.
Southgate says Defoe’s return to the England squad is a “great story”
England top Group F on 13 points.
Also in Group F, Scotland’s ailing qualifying hopes were given a much-needed boost with a dramatic a 1-0 win over Slovenia.
Germany survived a first-half wobble to defeat Azerbaijan 4-1 and maintain their 100 percent record in Group C.
Czech Republic thrashed San Marino 6-0 to keep up their challenge behind Germany.