Toronto FC striker Defoe joins England's World Cup standby squad
Toronto FC forward Jermain Defoe, left, battles for the ball against Vancouver Whitecaps defender Johnny Leveron, right, during first half semi-final Amway Canadian Championship soccer action in Toronto on Wednesday, May 7, 2014. (Nathan Denette / THE CANADIAN PRESS)
The Canadian Press
Published Monday, May 12, 2014 10:33AM EDT
TORONTO - Toronto FC striker Jermain Defoe has been named to England's seven-man standby squad for the World Cup.
The 31-year-old Defoe did not make the main 23-man squad which features Wayne Rooney, Daniel Sturridge, Danny Welbeck and Rickie Lambert at forward.
Today was the deadline for teams to provide FIFA with their 30-man provisional squads. The final 23-man squads must be declared by June 2.
England is in a group with Costa Rica, Italy and Uruguay at the summer tournament in Brazil.
Toronto will be losing Brazil goalie Julio Cesar and U.S. midfielder Michael Bradley to the soccer showcase.