Villas-Boas has assured the player that he will get enough minutes under his belt to try to impress England manager Roy Hodgson, who watched Defoe put in a rusty performance off the bench against Swansea on Sunday.
"I think he will get enough game time. It is a World Cup year for everybody," the Portuguese said.
"What we want from Jermain is performances like this and tonight he delivered."
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