England manager Gareth Southgate has given a recall to Sunderland forward Jermain Defoe ahead of the international break.
Sunderland rode a wave of four first-half goals to an easy 4-0 victory against Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park.
If it wasn't for the one-man-show Jermain Defoe, there's no telling what depths Sunderland would sink to this season.
Goals from the spot in the first and second half by Jermain Defoe canceled out Liverpool's lead twice, as Sunderland worked hard to earn a point in a 2-2 final.
The Sunderland struggle bus has continued down its rocky path with a brutal 4-1 loss to Burnley to close out a forgettable 2016.
The results are starting to turn Sunderland's way, after a rocky start for David Moyes, with a 2-1 win against Leicester City on Saturday.
Sunderland AFC found themselves level with Arsenal after a Jermain Defoe goal in the second half, but the Gunners would blow the Black Cats away shortly thereafter, as David Moyes' side continues to struggle.
Sunderland will look back on Week 6 as the one that got away after blowing a two-goal lead in a 3-2 loss to Crystal Palace.
David Moyes confirms Jermain Defoe will not feature at Loftus Road in the EFL Cup after picking up a knock on Sunday.
Sunderland will have to do without talisman Jermain Defoe up top against Queens Park Rangers in the League Cup on Wednesday.
Sunderland couldn't manage to get its first win of the season but the Black Cats did earn their first point under David Moyes.
Sunderland forward Jermain Defoe is currently being assessed after suffering a thigh injury in preseason training.
At this point last summer Sunderland was on the lookout for a new forward. One year later, the Cats signed the forward they had all along to a new contract.
Sunderland waiting until the last possible moment to earn a critical point in the relegation race with a stoppage-time equalizer.