Defoe drops hint over club future

Last Updated: Sat, 16 Nov 2013 16:56

Tottenham Hotspur striker Jermain Defoe has hinted at a possible January exit to enhance his prospects of making the World Cup squad.

Defoe, who came on as a second-half substitute against Chile on Friday night, remains in Roy Hodgson's thoughts but accepts that regular playing time at club level will be key to making the 23-man party to go to Brazil in June.

Defoe is currently an understudy to £26m summer signing Roberto Soldado at White Hart Lane, playing mainly in Europa League and low-key Premier League fixtures.

The 31-year-old has been linked with a switch back to former club West Ham United who are in need of a striker in the wake of injuries in their camp.

"Getting into a World Cup squad is based on merit and you have to play for your club," admitted Defoe.

"As a forward, if you are not getting the opportunities to play it will be difficult. Frank Lampard got it right when he said the other day that everyone is fighting [for places].

"It's important that everyone goes back to their clubs and plays games to try to impress the manager.

"It's a long way to go before the World Cup. There is a lot of football to be played and we will see what happens. You never know, I might play every game from now on."

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