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"Luke is the exception to the rule but we have a lot of belief in him.
"He’s going to be a big player in the future and it will be a confidence boost for him." The England chief has not yet chosen who will take over from Rooney as skipper, with Gary Cahill and Joe Hart in the frame. "We have some experience players in that squad with Cahill captaining Chelsea and Hart has over 60 caps.
In April 2011, Defoe became the 20th player to score a century of Premier League goals, and is currently the seventh-highest goalscorer in Premier League history.
Two years later, he took the controversial decision, aged 16, to turn professional with West Ham United, following which Charlton were subsequently awarded compensation rising to £1.4 million contingent on Defoe's Premier League and international appearances.
Manager David Pleat said, "I can't think of a British striker at his age who has achieved as much in such a short space of time.
We need to play better."There’s no point denying that – ultimately, that’s what we need to do."Meanwhile, there was a real moment of concern for 14-goal top scorer Jermain Defoe went he went down in pain in the second half after taking a knock to his right leg."There is good leaders among the youngsters as well." On in-form Walcott's shock omission, Southgate added: "That’s a really tough call on him.One I don't expect him to be chuffed to bits about." Promising talents Nathan Redmond and James Ward-Prowse will at chance to prove themselves as full internationals alongside the more established Marcus Rashford.JERMAIN DEFOE and Jake Livermore have been called up for England's clashes with Germany and Lithuania.Injured skipper Wayne Rooney missed out, with Theo Walcott and Jack Wilshere also among the absentees.