Tottenham striker Jermain Defoe has admitted his concern at not being able to hold down a regular first team place in the Premier League, amid fears he could miss out on a World Cup place with England.
The veteran forward has been prolific in both the Capital One Cup and the Europa League, scoring seven goals already this season, but has been unable to command a regular Premier League berth.
Big money signing Roberto Soldado has so-far been preferred in the league and Defoe is yet to feature from the start in the competition.
The 30-year-old has admitted that his lack of Premier League action could cost him a place in Roy Hodgson's side for next year's World Cup, should they qualify.
Speaking to reporters, Defoe said: "It is great to score in those competitions but I feel you have got to be scoring in the Premier League.
"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."
Defoe, who is in his second spell with the club, has earned 54 caps for the national side but is more accustomed to coming off the bench for the Three Lions having seen action from the bench a record 32 times.
But the striker believes that if he continues to score goals he can cement a place on the plane to Brazil next summer.
Defoe said: "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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