Jermain Defoe believes that he is boasting the best form in his footballing career, with the striker hopeful of a mention for England as well as taking on a starring role at Spurs.
Defoe scored in Tottenham's 2-2 draw with Newcastle on Sunday, clocking up his fifth goal in nine games for the north London side.
And the 29-year-old believes that with Wayne Rooney out of the group stages in next year’s Euro 2012 tournament, his form for Spurs might just be good enough to get him back into international contention.
"With the sharpness I've got now, I believe I should be playing,” Defoe said.
"When you're playing well, I believe you should play. I feel completely different from how I did last season. I probably came back too soon after injuring my ankle with England last September and sometimes it's difficult after an injury to get that sharpness I'd always had.
"But I now feel as strong as I've felt for a while, probably the strongest I've felt in my whole career.
"My England record is good [15 goals in 46 games] and I was disappointed not to be in the last squad, but it makes you more hungry. When I'm fit and sharp, and in the form I'm in now, I can score goals at that level. I've done it before.”
Defoe said that while he was disappointed not to start the match against Newcastle at the weekend, he was glad to get on the pitch and show his worth to the Spurs squad.
He explained: "I always say that if you put in the hard work, it pays off. I was looking forward to the game against Newcastle and I was disappointed not to start, but when you put the work in, it's easy on match day."
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