Defoe fears lack of Tottenham appearances could prevent England World Cup place

Jermain Defoe has revealed his fear that a lack of playing time for Tottenham Hotspur could prevent him earning a place in Roy Hodgson’s England squad for the World Cup in 2014, ESPN has reported.

Defoe has fallen behind summer signing Roberto Soldado in the pecking order of Head Coach Andre Villas-Boas, with only one Premier League start to his name so far this season. He has been a regular fixture in Spurs’ Europa League games, however, scoring nine goals in eight starts and becoming the club’s leading scorer in European competition.

It has been speculated that Defoe’s first club, West Ham, will offer the 31-year-old a way out of White Hart Lane in the January transfer window and Defoe accepts that if he is not playing regularly, he stands to miss out on a World Cup place. “ Getting into a World Cup squad is based on merit and you have to play for your club,” he said. “ If you are not getting the opportunities to play, it will be difficult.

Frank Lampard got it right when he said the other day that everyone is fighting for places,” Defoe added. “It’s important that everyone goes back to their clubs and plays games to try to impress the manager.

Defoe made just over 100 appearances for the Hammers before leaving for Tottenham in 2004, scoring 41 goals, and is currently in his second spell at Spurs. He has made a total 357 appearances for Tottenham, scoring 142 goals.

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