Defoe and Cleverley surprise England starters
England manager Roy Hodgson handed Jermain Defoe and Tom Cleverley surprise starts in his side's opening World Cup qualifier against Moldova in Chisinau on Friday.
Hodgson opted to select Tottenham Hotspur striker Defoe ahead of Manchester United's Danny Welbeck, who started all four of England's matches at Euro 2012, while Cleverley edged out United teammate Michael Carrick to fill the third central midfield position.
Defoe scored a fine goal in last month's friendly win over Italy and that was enough to persuade Hodgson to hand him his 50th cap and his first appearance in a competitive international since September 2010.
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