Tottenham Hotspurs striker Jermain Defoe is desperate to start some more games ahead of the World Cup next summer, according to Sky Sports.
The striker has endured a frustrating start to the campaign after being pushed out of the starting XI by new summer signing Roberto Soldado.
The Spanish striker was the clubs record signing at the time until his fee of £26 million was trumped by the £30million shelled out for Erik Lamela.
Soldado has hit the round running at White Hart Lane by scoring twice.
Despite his lack of action at club level, England manager Roy Hodgson called him up to the England squad but Southampton's Rickie Lambert was twice preferred in the starting XI and that was with injuries to the likes of Wayne Rooney, Andy Carroll and Daniel Sturridge.
With the World Cup 2014 on the horizon, Defoe is desperate to force his way into Andre Villas-Boas' plans.
He said: "In a World Cup year you have got to play, it's as simple as that.
"To get into any England squad, it's based on merit. So you have got to play, I understand that. I also understand that it's a long season, there are so many games to go and a lot of football to be played. I just have to try and keep myself sharp and fit.
"It has been really frustrating. When you have played in a World Cup and have been involved with the England squad for a number of years, it's just the best thing in the world - representing your country at that level. You want to play."
Defoe's striking partner/rival last year was Emmanuel Adebayor who has been completely frozen out by AVB and has been forced to train with the youngsters.
Defoe, 30, hopes the Togo man returns though: "I don't think it helps the team, to be honest.
"Someone like Mani, he's a great player and has played for some of the top clubs in the world and is someone that we're going to need. We will need his goals and what he brings to the team.
"He's keeping himself fit, he's a happy guy, he loves his football, and hopefully he'll be back soon with the team."
Tottenham at currently third in the table with nine points and face Europa League action against Tromso in the week before travelling to Wales to take on newly-promoted Cardiff City on Sunday.
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