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Mon 4 Feb 2008 08:02 AM

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Defoe gets England call

Portsmouth striker Jermain Defoe has been called up to the England squad for Wednesday's friendly.

Portsmouth striker Jermain Defoe was on Sunday called up to the England squad for Wednesday's friendly international against Switzerland at Wembley after the withdrawal of Gabriel Agbonlahor.

Agbonlahor injured a hamstring in Aston Villa's 2-1 Premier League defeat against Fulham at Craven Cottage on Sunday.

England boss Fabio Capello has now turned to Defoe, who moved from Tottenham last week and marked his debut with the equalising goal in a 1-1 draw against Chelsea on Saturday.

"He was fouled just before half-time and felt his hamstring," said Villa boss Martin O'Neill.

"Of course he is disappointed. It was a boost for him to be called up (by England) and had been thoroughly deserved."

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