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Defoe returns to England after father dies

England striker Jermain Defoe left Poland to return home on Thursday following the death of his father on Wednesday night.

The FA have announced that Defoe will rejoin to the squad ‘in due course’ and that there are no plans to call up a replacement player.

“England striker Jermain Defoe has returned home to England this morning following the passing of his father overnight,” an FA statement said.

“Jermain will re-join the England Euro squad in due course. There will be no replacement player called in.

“We would ask all media to respect Jermain and his family’s privacy at this difficult time.”

Defoe arrived in Poland with the rest of Roy Hodgson’s squad on Wednesday ahead of their opening Euro 2012 fixture against France on Monday evening.

The 29-year-old has won 47 England caps, scoring 15 goals, but is yet to appear in a European Championship. He did feature as part of the Three Lions’ 2010 World Cup squad in South Africa.

More to follow

Thu 7 June, 2012
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