With pressure growing on the countries top stars, in particular the attacking force, Jermaine Defoe now of Toronto FC will be watching with huge disappointment at not being selected for this year's World Cup.

Having scored seven goals in eight games for Toronto FC already this season, Defoe can feel slightly aggrieved that he did not get the call up for this year's campaign. Many feel that the reason for this is that the level of competition in the MLS blow-par to be picked on the international stage for England.

However, England's defeat to the USA in the last World Cup and USA's hugely entertaining win over Ghana in their opening match this year certainly begs to differ with that opinion, with the majority of their squad plying their trade in the MLS.

Scoring 19 goals in 55 international appearances he definitely has a a better record than England's first choice striker Wayne Rooney [39(93)] who hasn't scored since his inaugural international competition in 2004. Rooney has also had a mediocre season at a domestic level and was unable to stop Manchester United failing to their worst league position since 1990. The same can also be said for club team mate Danny Welbeck who is also in the squad.

Should England fail to reach the quarter finals of this years World Cup, Roy Hodgson may look back on his decision to omit the player who is fifth on the all time goal scorers list at Tottenham.

With the player himself at the front of the cue for an explanation having already been outspoken about his disappointment telling BBC Radio 5 Live that he felt he "had a good chance in going (to the World Cup) having been involved in most of the squads (during qualification)".


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