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Jermain Defoe hopeful of World Cup place after MLS debut

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Toronto FC striker, Jermain Defoe has said that he is still keen to do whatever he can to earn a place in the England squad for this summer's World Cup in Brazil.

Defoe scored twice on his MLS debut last weekend as Toronto FC beat Seattle Sounders 2-1 at CenturyLink Field. The former Tottenham man has 19 international goals in 55 appearances for the national side but was not included in the squad to play Denmark earlier this month.

After his MLS debut Defoe spoke to the FA's website: “I just need to play and score goals,” said Defoe. ”To get in a World Cup squad you have to be playing. Throughout my career, people know I’ve scored a lot of goals. I think the most important thing for me is to play and score goals. I think that’s all I can do.”

Defoe may well stand a great chance of continuing to score goals in MLS, he had scored 10 goals in all competitions before his move to Canada. However it remains to be seen if his goalscoring exploits in a weaker league will enable him to catch the eye of England manager, Roy Hodgson.

Hodgson already has the experienced presence of Wayne Rooney along with the established youngsters of Daniel Sturridge and Danny Welbeck to consider for the final squad in Brazil.

It seems likely, therefore that Defoe will battle it out with players like Rickie Lambert and Andy Carroll for any further seats on the place.

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