Jermain Defoe feels that his move from Tottenham to Major League Soccer giants Toronto will not hinder his hopes of making England’s World Cup squad.

The much-travelled hit-man elected to swap Premier League football for a move to the North American top tier at the end of last month after struggling for game time at Spurs.

Although the MLS is a division on the up, there are serious doubts as to whether the standard of action is of a sufficient quality to keep Defoe ahead of the likes of Jay Rodriguez and Rickie Lambert in the build-up to the summer showpiece tournament.

However, he still made the most recent England squad for the Denmark friendly – albeit he ended Wednesday evening as an unused substitute.

The 31-year-old however insists that he had getting into the Three Lions’ final 23 for the Brazilian trip at the forefront of his mind when choosing Toronto:

“The first thing I thought about is obviously the World Cup – everyone who’s played in the World Cup before knows it’s the pinnacle. It’s the best thing.” He told Sky Sports.

“To get a taste of that again would be special. But then I thought I suppose if I’m playing football and I’m sharp and I’m fit, then that’s the most important thing.

“I would like to think that at this stage of my career, the (England) manager knows what I can do. It’s just a case of being happy and maybe moving on and scoring goals.”

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