Tottenham striker Jermain Defoe is concerned that his chances of making England's World Cup squad will disappear if he doesn't get more game time.

He came on to earn his 55th cap in England's 2-0 loss to Chile on Friday, but has made only one Premier League start for Spurs this season.

The 31-year-old striker said: "Getting into a World Cup squad is based on merit and you have to play for your club,"

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

Defoe has been in good form in the Europa League and League Cup this season, grabbing nine goals in seven games, including breaking Martin Chivers' European goalscoring record for Spurs.

But he hasn't made such an impact in the Premier League, with Spurs boss André Villas-Boas preferring £26m man Roberto Soldado, and Defoe is concerned that with competition fierce to make the England squad in Brazil, he could miss out.

Competition for places is tough; the strikers in Roy Hodgson's most recent squad were Defoe, Wayne Rooney and Jay Rodriguez, while Daniel Sturridge and Rickie Lambert withdrew because of injury. 

Defoe, whose 19 England goals include the winner against Slovenia at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, also faces competition from Danny Welbeck, Theo Walcott and Andy Carroll, who are all injured.

The Spurs man added: "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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