Jermaine Defoe’s recall to the England football team was greeted with ‘surprise and delight’ by other users of Sunderland’s Roker Day Centre, according to manager Louise Reeves. ‘It’s a smashing reward for Jermaine, who’s one of our sprightliest clients, often nipping out to the lawn for ten-minute run-around with a ball,’ she said
Dorothy Palmer, 94, was quick to celebrate Jermaine’s good fortune with a glass of tonic wine. ‘He’s a lovely lad,’ she said. ‘It’s a shame the game with Lithuania clashes with our bingo evening so we’ll have to find a stand-in to call the numbers, but he can have the job back next month.’
Defoe himself said he was under doctor’s orders not to get overexcited, which has rarely been a problem at Sunderland. He attributed his surge in form to some new glasses from Specsavers, which ‘make the goal look a lot bigger’.