With three games left in the English domestic season, attention will quickly switch to this summer’s World Cup in Brazil and the question of who will travel in the squad. Spurs have a number of contenders with Andros Townsend and Kyle Walker hoping that they’ve not been overlooked but could the man with three goals in three Premiership starts be an outside punt for one of the striking berths?
Wayne Rooney is likely to be partnered by Daniel Sturridge in any starting XI but after that, things are less clear. Danny Welbeck is sure to travel as back up to the front pair but who will join him?
Rickie Lambert, Andy Carroll and our former centre forward Jermain Defoe are among the contenders but is Harry Kane such a ridiculous shout as this headline might suggest?
We all know of Carroll’s issues and the 25 year old has two goals in nine Premier League games this season – the same record he holds over his entire England career. Southampton’s Lambert scored on his debut against Scotland and followed that up with another in a World Cup qualifier against Moldova but since then his form for the Saints has dipped.
Which leaves us with Defoe: The ‘Jermain for England’ stories began to appear after our former player scored three times in his opening three games for Toronto. However, a hamstring injury has kept JD out ever since and he isn’t expected to return to action until the beginning of May.
This wouldn’t be the first time that Defoe has been overlooked in favour of an unproven striker. In 2006, Theo Walcott took his place at the World Cup in Germany and at that point, he hadn’t even featured in the Premier League.
Finally, if you think that this story is laughable then consider that Andros Townsend, Steven Caulker and even Jake Livermore have full England caps. Are any of them better than Harry Kane in their respective positions?