Spurs' out-of-favour striker Jermain Defoe has admitted he may have to leave the club to secure a spot at Euro 2012.
Harry Redknapp has employed a lone striker system this season, which has seen Defoe confined to the bench behind Emmanuel Adebayor.
The Togolese striker, on loan from Manchester City, has scored four goals in his last two league games for the White Hart Lane club.
The former West Ham starlet has had to predominantly settle for substitute appearances in the Premier League, which saw him lose his place in the latest England squad.
“It has crossed my mind,” said Defoe when asked by Talksport radio if he has considered leaving Spurs.
“Leading into a massive tournament you want to make sure you’re on that plane. Having had that buzz before, you want it again.
“The problem is I just need to play regularly. The other forwards [in the England squad] are playing regularly and scoring goals so they deserve to be in the squad. So it’s about me playing regularly and trying to get back in the squad.”
The 29-year-old admitted he would be loath to leave Whit Hart Lane, but the prospect is one he has to consider with an international place on the line.
He added: “I love the club. I’m Spurs through and through. I’ve been here for a number of years, my family love the club and the fans been with me since day one.
“It’s difficult to think about leaving the club. When you’re playing for a club you love it’s such a great feeling. But I’m 29 now, I just need to be playing football regularly. That’s all that matters.”
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