Old Trafford

Next Game

Man Utd v Tottenham

Saturday, 08 August 2015, 12:45

Barclays Prem

Defoe admits World Cup fear

Jermain Defoe admits he is worried his lack of Premier League action could cost him a place at the World Cup finals.

Last Updated: 05/10/13 at 10:44 Post Comment

Jermain Defoe: Frustrated at time on Spurs bench

Jermain Defoe: Frustrated at time on Spurs bench

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

Defoe, 30, has been in excellent form in the Capital One Cup and Europa League this term with seven goals already to his name.

However, big summer signing Roberto Soldado has emerged as first choice under Andre Villas-Boas and Defoe has yet to start a league game this season.

And Defoe admits that he is worried that his England place could come under pressure ahead of next summer's World Cup in Brazil.

"It is great to score in those competitions but I feel you have got to be scoring in the Premier League," said Defoe.

"I don't think at my age I have got anything to prove but to get into the squad that goes to a major tournament, you have got to be playing for your club.

Frustration

"As you can imagine, it is very frustrating - especially after I worked so hard pre-season and telling people 'I feel sharper and stronger than ever.' That has shown in my games.

"I don't know what more I could do really. I am doing my talking on the pitch.

"Scoring goals is the answer, going out there and showing the manager what I can do.

"Obviously you have a word with the manager. I speak to Andre and stuff like that. But I have got to play, it's a World Cup year."

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

D

on't go to England at your age, you'll either be mugged or not appreciated. Or made to lump the ball long to a bloke who looks like a mascot.

megabrow (cufc)
Beckenbauer warns Schweinsteiger

F

rom the headline I presumed he meant boots, pants, jim-jams, toothbrush and paste, passport, tickets, premier inn long-term package, Scouse-English-Portuguese-German dictionary, 'How to be a 9 and 3/4' by B. Rodgers, few dozen tins of food and Evian because you can never be sure about the local food/water...

KevinBoatang
Firmino has 'everything' for PL - Willian

H

e looked like he was playing with a plastic pound shop ball in the wind against Juve, his passing was so bad.

paddy7s
Sergio Ramos: Exactly What United Need

Footer 365

Sergio Ramos has refused to discuss interest from Manchester United

Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos has raised further question marks over his future after a coy response concerning interest from Manchester United.

Van Persie 'agrees Fenerbahce terms'

Manchester United striker Robin van Persie is close to joining Fenerbahce after reportedly agreeing terms with the Turkish club.

Roma keen to sign Man City striker Edin Dzeko but admit a transfer is not close

Roma have confirmed their interest in signing Manchester City striker Edin Dzeko this summer - but admit a deal is some distance from being agreed.

Mail Box

Has Everyone Forgotten About Khedira?

Sami Khedira is one of the signings of the summer and yet he's flown completely under the radar. Plus Dommy S's views of women's football get a right old shoeing...

Women's Success Won't Alter Viewing Habits

The Women's World Cup hasn't inspired everyone. Also in the Mailbox: a plastic's guide to Brazil, Nani regrets, tears over Henry, and The Beach Boys...

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