sport news Vegan Jermain Defoe still the evergreen England option ahead of this summer's ...

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 .

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. 

Jermain Defoe remains a reliable option for this summer's World Cup in Russia

Jermain Defoe remains a reliable option for this summer's World Cup in Russia

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

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