Former Spurs striker Jermain Defoe is confident goals in the MLS can help him secure a place in England’s World Cup squad.
The 31-year-old moved to Toronto FC at the end of February after spending more than a decade in the Premier League, with the hotshot scoring twice on his debut at the weekend to secure a 2-1 victory over Seattle Sounders. Defoe’s move to the MLS has been questioned with critics saying he has put his World Cup hopes in jeopardy after moving to a lesser league. But the striker remains confident he will be selected by England manager Roy Hodgson if he is performing. I just need to play and score goals, he told Fifa. com. “To get on a World Cup squad you have to be playing.
Throughout my career people know I’ve scored a lot of goals. I think the most important thing for me is to play and score goals. That’s all I can do.
The attacker has 19 goals in his 55 England appearances but has been used sparingly by Hodgson, having been a regular starter under Fabio Capello, scoring in England’s only win at the 2010 World Cup. Defoe spent nine years at Spurs in two separate spells, and is the club’s fifth highest ever scorer with 143 goals.