Loftus Road Stadium

Next Game

QPR v Tottenham

Saturday, 07 March 2015, 15:00

Barclays Prem

White Hart Lane

Last Game

Tottenham 3 - 2 Swansea

Wednesday, 04 March 2015, 19:45

Barclays Prem

Defoe happy with England snub

Jermain Defoe has revealed he has spoken with England boss Roy Hodgson and is satisfied with his decision to leave him out of the England squad.

Last Updated: 10/11/12 at 13:33 Post Comment

Jermain Defoe: Is satisfied with his England snub after a chat with Roy Hodgson

Jermain Defoe: Is satisfied with his England snub after a chat with Roy Hodgson

The 30-year-old Tottenham striker was not included in Hodgson's 23-man squad for the friendly with Sweden in Stockholm next week.

It is a familiar story for Defoe who, despite being a consistent scorer at Premier League level over the past few seasons, has not always been a regular at international level.

However, the former West Ham youngster revealed boss Hodgson phoned him to explain he was being rested and his non-selection was not another international snub.

Defoe insists he is satisfied with Hodgson's reasons for leaving him out and appreciates the Three Lions manager's personal touch.

"The manager called me on Thursday morning and left a message on my phone to tell me I would be rested," said Defoe, who bagged at hat-trick against Maribor in the Europa League on Thursday.

"I've played a lot of football to be honest. I have played all of the games for Spurs bar two in the Cup. Also the England games.

"So the manager left me a message telling me that he was going to give me a rest and take an opportunity to look at some of the younger players.

"So he speaks to you and he explains the reasons why he doesn't go with you. Players appreciate that kind of treatment. I've always appreciated it."

Reasons

He added: "Its when you don't play and you don't hear anything that it becomes a problem. I have had that in my career and its not nice.

"We're all human. As players it is probably true to say that we're never going to go through a whole season playing every game. But if the manager has a reason for you not playing and he tells you then no problem."

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

A

nd yet... Jermain Defoe is still going to pronounce himself gobsmacked when he learns he hasn't made the England squad for the Euro qualifiers.

treeman1
Premier League Winners And Losers

W

e could release Diaby and then re-sign him when nobody else does and he would literally be like a new signing.

john matrix
The Machine Gossip

W

e pay the living wage, living wage, living wage, and that's the way we like it, we like it, we like it!!! Wooo ohhhh ooooohh

hump3.
All Premier League Clubs Should Be Paying Living Wage

Footer 365

Hodgson aims to stay on - Report

Roy Hodgson wants to continue as England manager until after the 2018 World Cup finals in Russia, according to reports.

Louis van Gaal denies bust up with Man Utd assistant Ryan Giggs

Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal has hit out after he was asked about his relationship with Ryan Giggs.

Roy Hodgson says Harry Kane is ready to play for England but may have to wait

Roy Hodgson says Tottenham striker Harry Kane is ready to play for England but says it is not a certainty he will be called up.

Mail Box

Have To Trust Managers On Mata

It's all very well bemoaning the lack of action for Juan Mata, but we have to trust the judgement of Van Gaal and Mourinho. Plus Martinez Out, and Leicester are doomed...

Should Gerrard Get In This Liverpool Side?

Never mind the long goodbye, should he actually get back into this excellent Liverpool side playing with pace? Mostly we talk Manchester United, though. It's good...

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company