Lack of Tottenham appearances worries Defoe over World Cup chances

Jermain Defoe has admitted that his chances of making the England squad for next summer’s World Cup will be in danger if he does not play more regularly for Tottenham, Sky Sports has reported.

Defoe came on as a substitute for England in the second half of Friday’s friendly defeat to Chile at Wembley, taking his number caps to 55, but so far this season he has started just one of Tottenham’s 11 Premier League matches, the 3-0 defeat against West Ham United, as Andre Villas-Boas has preferred £26m summer signing Roberto Soldado.

The 31-year-old has been in good form in the cup competitions, with nine goals in seven games in Capital One Cup and Europa League, but he believes that he must start forcing his way back into the Premier Keague starting XI to give him the best chance of making the plane to Brazil.

He said: “Getting into a World Cup squad is based on merit and you have to play for your club. As a forward, if you are not getting the opportunities to play it will be difficult. It’s important that everyone goes back to their clubs and plays games to try to impress the manager.

“It’s a long way to go before the World Cup. There is a lot of football to be played and we will see what happens. You never know, I might play every game from now on.”

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