Tottenham striker knows he needs to be playing
The frontman is still part of England manager Roy Hodgeson’s plans at the moment but he has slipped down the pecking order as Daniel Sturridge and Rickie Lambert have edged Defoe out.
Relying on his reputation alone as one of the most natural finishers in the game will not get him on the plane to the World Cup and Defoe Knows it.
And with England hoping to do well and compete for the ultimate glory on the world stage Defoe has acknowledged as much.
Speaking to Sky Sports News he said,”In a World Cup year you have got to play, it’s as simple as that.
“To get into any England squad, it’s based on merit. So you have got to play, I understand that. I also understand that it’s a long season, there are so many games to go and a lot of football to be played. I just have to try and keep myself sharp and fit.
“It has been really frustrating. When you have played in a World Cup and have been involved with the England squad for a number of years, it’s just the best thing in the world – representing your country at that level. You want to play.”
Defoe has only appeared three times from the bench so far this season but his problems mount into insignificance when compared to the problems facing Emanuel Adebayor the report says.
The Togo hitman is currently training separately from the Spurs first team squad and Defoe isn’t sure that it’s a tactic that will benefit squad.
“I don’t think it helps the team, to be honest,” Defoe said.
“Someone like Mani, he’s a great player and has played for some of the top clubs in the world and is someone that we’re going to need. We will need his goals and what he brings to the team.
“He’s keeping himself fit, he’s a happy guy, he loves his football, and hopefully he’ll be back soon with the team.”
It’s the arrival of Spanish hitman Roberto Soldado from Valencia during the summer that has seen Defoe’s place in the team challenged as well as the arrival of a host of world class talent which Defoe has welcomed.
“Obviously there have been a lot of changes and there have been many clubs that have brought top players in and it’s been difficult for them to get players to settle. It’s not easy, but I would say that the lads that have come into the club have been fantastic,” he added.