Tottenham’s Jermain Defoe ‘frustrated’ at lack of playing time

Jermain Defoe admits he is frustrated at his lack of playing time for Tottenham Hotspur with next summer's World Cup on horizon

The Sport Review staff
By The Sport Review staff
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Jermain Defoe signed a new three-year deal at Spurs last summer Photo:

Jermain Defoe admits he is very frustrated at his lacking of playing time for Tottenham Hotspur in a World Cup year.

The 30-year-old notched his fifth Europa League goal of the season in a 2-0 win against Anzhi Makhachkala in Russia on Thursday night.

However, Roberto Soldado is expected to be restored to the starting line-up for the London derby against West Ham United at White Hart Lane on Sunday.

And Defoe believes he can ill-afford to be spending time on the sidelines with an England place up for grabs in next summer’s World Cup.

“It is great to score in those competitions but I feel you have got to be scoring in the Premier League,” said Defoe.

“I don’t think at my age I have got anything to prove but to get into the squad that goes to a major tournament, you have got to be playing for your club.

“As you can imagine, it is very frustrating – especially after I worked so hard pre-season and telling people ‘I feel sharper and stronger than ever.’ That has shown in my games.

“I don’t know what more I could do really. I am doing my talking on the pitch.

“Scoring goals is the answer, going out there and showing the manager what I can do.

“Obviously you have a word with the manager. I speak to Andre and stuff like that. But I have got to play, it’s a World Cup year.”


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