Defoe determined to regain place


Jermain Defoe will continue to fight for his place in the England squad, after being left out of the Three Lions party ahead of this weekend's international friendly with Spain.

The 29-year-old Tottenham striker is also facing a battle for inclusion at club level in Harry Redknapp's Spurs side, but is determined to play as much as he can in order to force his way back into Fabio Capello's squad for this summer's European Championships.

"My last match for England ended when I was injured against Switzerland after scoring a hat-trick in the previous game against Bulgaria," he reflected.

"So, in my mind, when I play for England I can score. I just want that buzz again.

“I just want to go and prove to people that I can do it again. My record shows I can score goals at that level."

The arrival of Emmanuel Adebayor, twinned with the fine form of Rafael Van der Vaart has limited Defoe to the substitutes bench for the majority of the campaign, though he is hopeful he will be given further opportunities to prove himself.

And whilst admitting that the previous campaign was frustrating because of a number of niggling injuries, that restricted his first-team action, Defoe is hopeful his impressive start to 2011-12 will help him return to the international fold.

"Last season was ruined by injury," he continued. "The way I have started this season, I am desperate to stay fit.

"The manager wants 20 a season from me - not a problem at all! He has known me since I was 16.

"I believe it means he thinks highly of me. It gets me buzzing, he wants goals, I want goals."

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