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Tuesday, February 05, 2008

England vs Switzerland Friendly 2008: Jermain Defoe to Fill the Place of Injured Gabriel Agbonlahor

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England vs Switzerland: Live Score and Live Updates


Portsmouth striker Jermain Defoe has been called up in England squad for the friendly match against Switzerland. Defoe replaced Aston Villa’s in-from striker Gabriel Agbonlahor in the 23-man squad as Agbonlahor has picked up an injury during his club’s premier league match against Fulham this week.

Defoe has recently moved to Portsmouth from Tottenham Hotspur and played his first match for Portsmouth on the same day Agbonlahor fell in injury. Agbonlahor has become the third member of England squad to have withdrawal from the match with injury.

UK Press reported:

It is understood that England manager Fabio Capello has stressed to Defoe that the fact he has moved clubs and is now a first-choice striker puts him right into his reckoning for international consideration.

Defoe had not been in Capello's initial 30-man provisional squad announced last week, but he was a Tottenham player at the time and his change of club has pushed him up the pecking order in Capello's mind, though he would also have been aided by the loss of Emile Heskey to injury on Saturday.

Anyway, it does not matter why Capello named him as the replacement of Agbonlahor. Rather, it is necessary to consider that Jermain Defoe has been in good form with scoring for Portsmouth in the first match. Other strikers of England 23-man squad are Wayne Rooney, Michael Owen and Peter Crouch. Now, let us see if Defoe is given a chance in the starting line up.

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