Jermain Defoe is adamant that his move to Major League Soccer giants Toronto FC will not scupper his plans to represent England at the 2014 World Cup.
The 31-year-old brought a long and successful spell in the Premier League to an end recently to pen a mega deal with the North American side to become one of the MLS’s biggest footballing talents.
Defoe had grown frustrated at a lack of playing time at Tottenham prior to agreeing the deal, with the likes of Roberto Soldado and Emmanuel Adebayor having edged ahead of him in the pecking order.
The experienced and prolific goal-scorer was a part of the Three Lions’ most recent squad for their friendly with Denmark, but there have been doubts expressed as to whether or not he will make the final cut after swapping top level English action for a career across the Atlantic Ocean.
Although the MLS has improved drastically over the last ten years, it is still viewed as a lesser division than many of its European counterparts.
However, Defoe believes that with regular action he can stay in the hunt and cited the example of now team-mate Michael Bradley – a USA international – as proof that the MLS is a good option:
“Michael Bradley took the same decision, he was at Roma but he wasn’t playing much and he wants to play. At the end of the day you need to be playing regularly and playing well to get into a World Cup squad. You can’t be at a club where you’re not playing.” He told the Daily Mail.
“Playing for a big club like Tottenham for all those years – nine years in total – is something I’m proud of. I had some great moments, playing with some great players.
“But in life opportunities come along that you sometimes have to seize. This is a fresh start for me.”