Everton v Sunderland: Jermain Defoe starts first game under Sam Allardyce

Jermain Defoe
Jermain Defoe

Jermain Defoe made his first start in six games for Sunderland's clash at Everton today.

Defoe started up front alongside Steven Fletcher, but it was the other changes in the side which were arguably more intriguing, with the injured quartet of Younes Kaboul, Ola Toivonen, Fabio Borini and John O'Shea all missing out.

Sebastian Coates and Wes Brown started in central defence, yet Patrick van Aanholt was also recalled to the side.

Everton: Howard, Coleman, Oviedo, Stones, Funes Mori, McCarthy, Barry, Kone, Barkley, Deulofeu, Lukaku. Subs not used: Robles, Galloway, Gibson, Osman, Mirallas, Lennon, Naismith

Sunderland: Pantilimon, Yedlin, Jones, Brown, Coates, Cattermole, M'Vila, van Aanholt, Johnson, Fletcher, Defoe. Subs not used: Larsson, Rodwell, Gomez, Lens, Graham, Watmore, Mannone