Defoe wary of 'impact player' role at Tottenham

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Tottenham Hotspur striker Jermain Defoe has expressed his disaffection about not being able to gain a starting role at Spurs this season, he told BBC Sport programme Football Focus.

In an interview to be aired Saturday, Defoe says he does not want to be "sitting on the bench" for Tottenham, as he struggles to get in manager Andre Villas-Boas' starting eleven.

The England striker admits the difficulty in staying on the bench and would rather feature regularly than create a reputation for being an impact player.

Defoe falls behind new signing Roberto Soldado in the perking order at Spurs attack and with the former Valencia striker in fine form, it is unclear how the England international would break into Spurs' first team.

Spurs boss Andre Villas-Boas seems to have felt the pulse of the striker as he responded promptly - handing the pacey striker his second start of the current campaign in Tottenham's Europa League clash with Norwegian side Tromso.

Defoe's display in the game showed he had a valid agitation for a place in Spurs' starting line-up. The former Portsmouth forward grabbed a brace in the three-goal thriller put up by Spurs - grabbing his 20th European goal for the club.

With the FIFA 2014 World Cup just by the corner, Defoe who is eyeing a place in England's World Cup squad must have realised that starting from the bench more often than not will not help his ambition to lead England's attack in Brazil.

The 30-year-old is at the peak of his illustrious career and missing out of Brazil would definitely mean hanging his boots before the 2018 World Cup.

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