Defoe can feel "unlucky" not to be in England squad, Shearer

Alan Shearer feels Jermain Defoe should feel hard done by after he was left out of the 23-man England squad for Euro 2016.

Defoe can feel "unlucky" not to be in England squad, Shearer
Defoe was one of Sunderland's star performers last season (Photo: Getty Images)

Sunderland forward Jermain Defoe was “unlucky” not to have been on the plane to Euro 2016 in France this summer, according to Newcastle United legend

The 33-year-old was one of the reasons why the Black Cats retained their top-flight status, and the all-time record Premier League goalscorer echoed that.

Defoe scored 18 goals last season, 15 in the league, as he managed to keep Sunderland in the top-flight for the tenth-straight season.

Defoe last played for England in 2013 against San Marino (Photo: Getty Images(
Defoe last played for England in 2013 against San Marino (Photo: Getty Images(

Overlooked for place at the Euro’s

However, the forward wasn’t considered for a place in Roy Hodgson’s preliminary 26-man squad, which was cut by three after the final submission Tuesday gone.

Shearer was full of praise for the Black Cats’ forward after the impact he had for Sam Allardyce’s side, and he believes that Defoe and Newcastle’s Andros Townsend are unfortunate not to be in the squad.

“When you look at it really, both of them can count themselves unlucky,” he told the Sunderland Echo.

Shearer feels that Townsend was “one of the few positives” for the Magpies in the final months of the season, while Defoe’s goals was “one of the main reasons” why Sunderland stayed in the Premier League.

Hodgson went in favour of Manchester United youngster Marcus Rashford and Tottenham Hotspur’s Harry Kane among three others as striking options for the Euro’s.

Leicester City won the Premier League against all odds last season (Photo: Getty Images)
Leicester City won the Premier League against all odds last season (Photo: Getty Images)

Shearer hoping Three Lions can emulate Foxes success

Shearer understands why Defoe was left out with all the youngsters in the squad, but the former England man also hopes that the Three Lions can take inspiration from Leicester City’s title-winning season.

Only one man from that title-winning side is in the squad, Jamie Vardy, after Hodgson opted to leave out Danny Drinkwater.

Shearer added: “I don’t think we can win it, but you never know – Leicester won the Premier League so anything’s possible.

“I’m hoping we can get to at least a semi-final.”