Jermain Defoe insists he wants to stay at Tottenham Hotspur
Jermain Defoe says he has no plans to leave White Hart Lane - but he is concerned about his spot in the England squad
Jermain Defoe has reassured Tottenham Hotspur supporters that he has no intention of leaving White Hart Lane.
The Spurs striker has started just three Premier League games this season, with Harry Redknapp preferring the attacking pairing of Emmanuel Adebayor and Rafael van der Vaart.
However, despite rumours linking Defoe with a move elsewhere, the striker insists his future lies with Tottenham.
“Fans who have probably read things come up to me every day and say, ‘Don’t leave the club’. I was at a charity dinner the other night when a fan came up and said it to me,” Defoe said.
“I’ve done it before – when I went to Portsmouth and scored my goals to remind people what I can do – but I am committed to Tottenham. I love the club and I love the fans.
“It’s a really important time for the club. Everyone wants to play their part and I’m no different.”
And Spurs boss Redknapp on Friday said he wants Defoe to stay at Spurs. He said: “I wouldn’t sell him. He is a fantastic player. In midweek he scored five goals against Charlton. They were incredible finishes.
“He is a top player. He has just been unlucky. Adebayor came in and has done great up front and Rafa is in fantastic form.
“I had a chat with Jermain in the week. Rafa is struggling with a hamstring and Jermain has a tight groin this weekend, but he will get his opportunities when he is fit and I am sure he will take them.”
However, Defoe is concerned that a lack of playing time will affect his chances of being included in the England squad for Euro 2012.
And he admitted that he is currently behind Aston Villa’s Darren Bent and Manchester United’s Danny Welbeck in Fabio Capello’s pecking order.
“I won’t lie, I am worried about not going to the European Championship. I want to give myself every chance,” added Defoe.
“It feels already a little bit like the 2005-06 season, when I scored a lot of goals but didn’t start a lot of matches. I ended up not going to the World Cup and I don’t want that to happen again.
“I believe that if I am playing, I have got a real chance of going to the Euros. But I’m going to bide my time.
“I’m 29. I know that the reason I have been left out of the last few England squads is that I have not been starting for my club.
“Darren Bent has been playing regularly for Aston Villa and Danny Welbeck has been playing for Manchester United. So they are getting picked ahead of me.”