Forget about Jermain Defoe at your peril.
The striker turns 36 this year, his season has been disrupted by injury and he is further from the headlines playing for mid-table Bournemouth than troubled Sunderland.
But Defoe is not done yet. That much was clear as he came off the bench at Watford to score a stoppage-time equaliser with all the hallmarks of the Premier League’s most seasoned, clinical finisher.
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And with 15, he has scored more last-minute Premier League goals than anyone, which shows how he stays sharp and alert until the final whistle. It is also reflected in his attitude. Defoe is now a vegan, his training-ground manner is admired at Bournemouth and he hasn’t given up on a World Cup spot.
Gareth Southgate has younger, in-form options but Defoe is as sprightly around the six-yard box as anyone and fancies a run in Bournemouth’s team now he is fully recovered from injury.
‘The fact that he’s able to perform