5 year old Bradley Lowery shines as England mascot

Ross Houston
March 27, 2017

He heaped praise, however, on the 34-year-old Defoe who, three and a half years after his last cap, became the sixth oldest player to score for England when he pounced for his 20th worldwide goal in the 21st minute.

Veteran Sunderland striker Jermain Defoe said he was lost for words after scoring on his England comeback in a 2-0 World Cup qualifying win over Lithuania on Sunday.

However Three Lions boss Gareth Southgate jumped to the player's defence after the game and revealed he was suffering from a back niggle, news which is sure to concern City chief Pep Guardiola.

Click through the gallery above to find out! He was clearly offside but it wasn't flagged. Not long after Defoe scored, over in Azerbaijan, the 31-year-old Mario Gomez found the net for Germany.


England's football team paid tribute to the victims of Wednesday's London terror attack ahead of their World Cup qualifier at home to Lithuania on Sunday. The country who finishes second advances to the second round playoff.

Having successfully trialled a 3-4-2-1 formation in last week's 1-0 friendly loss to Germany, Southgate opted for a 4-2-3-1 shape against Lithuania.

Midfield congestion and poor delivery prevented England turning their 80 per cent possession into a clear-cut opportunity until midway through the first half.

Sterling's trickery threatening to unlock the visitors as England looked to increase their lead - but the opening period ended with a let-off for the Three Lions.


Manager Southgate has floated the idea of appointing his captain on a game-by-game basis and praised Hart's leadership qualities in the build-up to his 70th cap, but the 29-year-old would be happy enough for it to be a one-off.

Sterling and Dele Alli had attempts after the turnaround - but Slivka calling Hart into action highlighted the need for a second goal.

With an attacking midfield four of Lallana, Alli, Oxlade-Chamberlain and Sterling behind him it will be interesting to see how Defoe performs against a Lithuania team who are now ranked 107th in the world by Federation Internationale de Football Association.

The Manchester United striker was then booked for handball before sending a lovely ball to Vardy, who lifted it just over.


"I am very proud of my team because we have been tested by a tremendously strong team - probably the strongest team we have faced until now", the former striker, who won the Champions League at Porto under Jose Mourinho, said.

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