EURO 2012: Jermain Defoe expected back with England squad

Updated: Jun 08, 2012, 21:51 PM IST

Zeenews Sports Bureau

KRAKOW ( Poland):England Striker Jermain Defoe, who has as many as 47 caps for his national team is expected to rejoin his squad for Euro 2012 on Saturday after flying home to London on Thursday following the death of his father.

England spokesman Mark Whittle said that Defoe should be back in time to be available for selection for England`s opening Group D fixture against France in Donetsk on Monday.

He is widely expected to be selected as an impact substitute as he has won 30 of his 47 caps as a substitute. He narrowly missed on scoring a goal, when he hit the post in England`s 1-0 win over Belgium in their final warm-up match for the tournament.

Defoe published a message of thanks to his well-wishers via his Twitter account on Friday and said:

"I want to thank the fans, my family, friends, the England boys, the FA and manager for their support. I can`t tell you how much it means to me. I love you all, may God bless you. A special thank you to Royal Marsden`s doctors & nurses who looked after my dad. Very special people."