Striker reveals World Cup concern

Last Updated: Sun, 17 Nov 2013 11:48

Tottenham striker Jermain Defoe believes his lack of chances at club level could cost him a place in England's World Cup squad.

Defoe has been forced down the pecking order with the north London club this term since the summer arrival of Roberto Soldado.

The 31-year-old has been utilised regularly in the Europa League but he has been forced to settle for just one start in the league.

The England international recently became the club's all-time leading goalscorer in Europe but he admits he is concerned he may be overlooked by Roy Hodgson if he does not play a more pivotal role with the White Hart Lane outfit.

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

"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."

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