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England's Defoe scores dream comeback goal against Lithuania

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Inglaterra

20' Defoe

59' Out Defoe in Vardy

59' Out Sterling in Rashford

65' Vardy

72' Rashford

Lituania

45' Vaitkunas

53' Out Novikovas in Grigaravicius

58' Zulpa

73' Out Valskis in Matulevicius

86' Out Slivka in Paulius

ENGLAND 2 - 0 LITHUANIA

England's Defoe scores dream comeback goal against Lithuania

England's Defoe scores dream comeback goal against Lithuania

GERRY PENNY

EFE

Victory over Lithuania was expected but seeing veteren striker Jermaine Defoe open the scoring was less so just a few months back. And he struggled for words.
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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.

England call, Defoe delivers

Defoe, 34, struck in the 22nd minute at Wembley, side-footing home from Raheem Sterling's cross, to set England on their way to victory and end his four-year wait for an international goal. The former Tottenham Hotspur striker, whose last England appearance had come in November 2013, has now scored 20 goals in 56 international games.

'It's good to be back,' Defoe told ITV Sport. 'Just to win the game was important and we did that. It's hard to put in words really to be back. Just to be back playing with the lads felt good.'

Defoe has scored 14 goals for bottom club Sunderland in the Premier League this season, but he also owed his recall to injuries suffered by Harry Kane and Daniel Sturridge.

England's Jermain Defoe celebrates.

England's Jermain Defoe celebrates.

Scotland at Hampden next

Asked if he hopes to keep his place in the squad for England's next qualifier away to Scotland in June, he replied:

'Obviously I've got to go back to my club and make sure we finish the season strong. Like I've always done, I'll keep my head down and see what happens.'

Victory tightened England's grip on first place in UEFA qualifying Group F, provisionally taking them five points clear of Slovenia ahead of Sunday's late matches. Leicester City's reborn Jaime Vardy scored the second goal of the night in the 2-0 win.

Clasificación Mundial Europa

Table PTS W D L
1Inglaterra 13 4 1 0
2Eslovenia 8 2 2 0
3Eslovaquia 6 2 0 2
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Fixtures

*Update 26 de marzo de 2017

Line-ups

16

Setkus

8

Yellow Card

Vaitkunas

4

Kijanskas

2

Linas Klimavicius

3

Slavickas

10

Yellow Card

Zulpa

17

Kuklys

22

Cernych

14

Off for Paulius

Slivka

11

Off for Grigaravicius

Novikovas

19

Off for Matulevicius

Valskis

Lituania

Edgaras Jankauskas

4-2-3-1

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