England striker determined to earn regular place at Spurs to help World Cup ambitions
Jermain Defoe admits his chances of going to the World Cup with England could be hampered unless he can secure a first-team spot at Tottenham Hotspur.
Defoe has netted 19 goals in 54 appearances for the Three Lions, including the winner against Slovenia at the 2010 World Cup Finals in South Africa.
However, the 30-year-old is yet to start a Premier League game for Spurs this campaign and did not feature in England's three recent outings, despite the absences of Wayne Rooney, Daniel Sturridge and Andy Carroll.
Defoe is desperate to make the cut for what could be his last World Cup, but knows his chances of making the trip to Rio - should England qualify - could be improved by regular first-team action.
Speaking at a fundraising gala dinner for the Jermain Defoe Foundation, he said: “It's important for me to play this year.
"I want to play games because it's a World Cup year. Having gone to a World Cup, it's something you want to experience again as a player.
"It's the best thing ever, representing the country when the whole world is watching, so I understand the importance of actually playing in a World Cup year."
The Jermain Defoe Foundation, which was set up in the summer, is aiming to raise money to build a new children's home in St Lucia, where his mother Sandra is from.
St Lucia was devastated by Hurricane Tomas in 2010, which claimed the lives of 14 people on the Caribbean island.
For more information about the Jermain Defoe Foundation, visit: www.jermaindefoefoundation.org.
Defoe will be hoping to win a place in Roy Hodgson's squad for England's crucial World Cup qualifiers against Montenegro and Poland at Wembley next month.
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