Defoe begs for World Cup chance

World Cup 2018 By: Ayodeji Tunde | 02/04/2018

Defoe fires Bournemouth to victory

While many now see him as a spent force, Jermain Defoe is promising big if he is given the chance to be part of the England squad to the Russia 2018 World Cup.

Defoe who plays his club football with Bournemouth says he can lead England to World Cup glory if he is on the plane to Russia in June.

With 57-caps under his belt,  Defoe has not started a Premier League match since December and while he admitted the situation is frustrating and far from ideal, the 35-year old is confident he can make an impact for England if called upon by manager Gareth Southgate.

 "I would come on and win the World Cup, it's as simple as that," Defoe said.

 "You come on for one minute, two minutes, and if there's a chance you score. At a tournament, it is not just about the players who start, it's about the squad. It has been a stop-start season for me but I can't sulk."

 "No-one wants to sit on the bench," Defoe said. "If you get to the point where you accept sitting on the bench then you shouldn't be playing. I know there are still a lot more goals in me.

 "I came here [in the summer] as an England player. I worked so hard to get back in that squad.

 "I have missed the last three squads because I am not playing. I spoke to the manager a few months ago and it's as simple as that - you have got to be playing and scoring goals.

 "I understand I have got to be playing. You can't just assume you are going to get in the squad because of what you have done over the years."