Sunderland forward Jermain Defoe believes he has “done everything right” in terms of earning a call-up for England’s Euro 2016 squad.
The 33-year-old has found the net 15 times for the Black Cats this season, and this has helped them to stay in the top flight of English football.
Defoe hoping to be in 23-man squad
With England manager Roy Hodgson set to name his 23-man squad on Monday, Defoe is hoping to represent his country once more.
“If I do go, it’ll be a dream because it’ll be my third tournament and playing for England is something that I’ve always wanted to do,” he told BBC Radio 5 Live.
Defoe is “happy” with the way he has performed for Sunderland this season, and he believes that he has “ticked every box” to earn a call-up.
Black Cats boss Sam Allardyce has stated that taking the forward would be a “good option” for England, but even if Defoe doesn’t go to the Euro’s, he is content that he has “done everything right” this season.
Hot contest for forward places
Hodgson has held back the announcement of the squad to allow him to assess the final Premier League games of the season, due to “fitness reasons” according to the Football Association.
And now that the season is over and done with, Defoe will be eagerly anticipating the announcement, especially with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Danny Welbeck suffering injuries, which rule them out.
Defoe said: “As a forward you get judged on scoring goals. The England mangers at the time thought I could always come on and score."
He added, “When I came back I thought ‘all I’ve got to do is go there, focus, get my goals and hopefully get in the frame and take it from there’.”
Defoe disappointed with missing out in 2014
Defoe has been capped 55 times for his country, but Harry Kane and Jamie Vardy are the only two English players to have scored more goals than him this season.
However, the Black Cats’ forward last played for England back in November 2013, and he has previously said in an interview that he would “never be at piece” after he missed out on the 2014 World Cup squad.