Outspoken pundit Michael Stewart might not be a favourite amongst Rangers fans, but he’s tipped one of the club’s stars to make his way into England’s Euro 2020 plans.
The former Hearts and Manchester United midfielder believes that evergreen Ibrox striker Jermain Defoe could tempt Gareth Southgate if he keeps up his form in Glasgow.
Writing in a Scottish Sun column, Stewart believes that whilst such a notion is far-fetched, it’s not completely outwith the realms of possibility.
“Jermain Defoe came to Rangers for another chance to play in Europe,” writes Stewart.
“But not even he could have imagined he might get another shot at the Euros, too.
“Right now the idea of him playing for England once more is still far-fetched.
“But if he delivers against Hearts at Tynecastle on Sunday? Gareth Southgate will have to take note.
“It’s not like the Three Lions boss is spoiled for choice at the moment.
“Harry Kane is out until the end of April at the earliest with a torn hamstring.
“If he was to suffer any setback at all, he’s become a major doubt for Euro 2020.
“Marcus Rashford has a double stress fracture in his back. Tammy Abraham has hurt his ankle.
“That’s where Defoe comes in. This is a guy who has been there and done it.
“He’s scored 20 goals in 57 games for England. He has been to big tournaments in the past.
“He’s someone Southgate could bring in right away and not have to worry about for one second.”
Whilst at first it seems a relatively outlandish claim, with injury worries abound for England and the likes of Harry Kane a major doubt, there could be an outside chance.
Defoe has hit 13 goals in only 16 starts for Rangers at the time of writing and even at 37 is a reliable option at any level.
Could Gareth Southgate seriously consider the veteran Ibrox forward if the striker crisis with the Three Lions persists come the summer?
It would be some last international hurrah for a player who Steven Gerrard says is as “hungry as a 17-year-old”.
Not that the former Spurs striker is anywhere near done. Rangers have just announced the striker has signed a deal with the club which will see him remain at Ibrox until 2021.