Tottenham forward Jermain Defoe has admitted his concerns at a lack of first-team football, and fears he could miss out on a place in England’s World Cup squad if he isn’t playing regularly for his club.
The striker appeared from the bench to pick up his 55th cap during England’s 2-0 defeat to Chile on Friday, but has only started one Premier League game this season as he continues to be overlooked by Tottenham boss Andre Villas-Boas.
"Getting into a World Cup squad is based on merit and you have to play for your club," said the 31-year-old.
"As a forward, if you are not getting the chances, it will be difficult."
Following the arrival of Spanish striker Roberto Soldado during the summer, Defoe has found first-team opportunities limited, something he fears may cause him heartache next summer if he is axed by England manager Roy Hodgson.
"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."
The Spurs striker has been in fine form in both the Europa League and League Cup, with nine goals in seven games, but is yet to score in the Premier League after making just a single start in eight appearances.
The striker will hope to feature in Tuesday’s home tie with Germany, before returning to Tottenham in preparation for their next league fixture with Manchester City.
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