Defoe retained by England despite limited action ahead of Toronto move; Shaw gets 1st call-up
LONDON – Jermain Defoe retained his place on the England's roster for Wednesday's exhibition against Denmark despite his upcoming move to Canada.
Defoe, who has 19 goals in 55 games for England, has appeared in only two Tottenham games in two months as he prepares to join Toronto FC ahead of its Major League Soccer season opener at Seattle on March 15.
The forward was included in the 30-man roster Thursday at the expense Andy Carroll, who made five appearances for West Ham between his return from a foot injury in January and his suspension for a red card.
England has three other exhibitions before the World Cup: against Peru at Wembley on May 30 before a pair of games at Miami Gardens, Fla., against Ecuador on June 4 and Honduras on June 7.
At the World Cup, England plays Italy, Uruguay and Costa Rica in Group D.