Jermain Defoe admits concern over lack of Tottenham playing time

Jermain Defoe admits his place in Roy Hodgson's England squad for next summer's World Cup is far from secure

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Jermain Defoe has scored five goals this season Photo: Football.ua/Wikimedia

Jermain Defoe admits his place in Roy Hodgson’s England squad for next summer’s World Cup is far from secure.

The 31-year-old striker has started just one Premier League game for Tottenham this season following Roberto Soldado’s arrival at White Hart Lane over the summer.

And Defoe, who was a second-half substitute as England slumped to a 2-0 friendly defeat by Chile on Friday, accepts that he will need to break his way back into Andre Villas-Boas’ starting line-up if he is to have any chance of securing a spot for next summer’s tournament.

“Getting into a World Cup squad is based on merit and you have to play for your club,” said Defoe, who has scored five Europa League goals for Spurs this season.

“As a forward, if you are not getting the chances, it will be difficult.

“Frank Lampard got it right when he said the other day that everyone is fighting [for places].

“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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