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Bournemouth forward Defoe maintaining World Cup dream

Bournemouth forward Jermain Defoe remains hopeful of making England's World Cup squad.

The 35-year-old has suffered through an injury interrupted season so far at Deans Court. He returned from a two-month lay-off in last week's draw with Newcastle.

Defoe has started just nine Premier League games and scored three goals. But he has proven himself at international level, and with Three Lions boss Gareth Southgate leaving the door open for a return, Defoe wants to do all he can to book his ticket to Russia.

And Defoe said: "I want to get back in the Bournemouth team and I believe that if I get my chance, I'm going to score goals.

"If you are scoring goals, then it's down to the England manager.

"I'm still relaxed about it. I spoke to Gareth before the injury and he basically said, 'The door is always open because you bring so much with your experience, you bring a lot to the camp'.

"He said, 'Get yourself back in the team, get your goals and you know the door is open'.

"So it's down to me really. Well, it's down to Eddie Howe as well!"

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