Defoe admits he may have to leave Spurs to secure a place in England's Euros squad.
The striker told talkSPORT: â€śIt has crossed my mind. Leading into a massive tournament you want to make sure youâ€™re on that plane. Having had that buzz before, you want it again.
â€śThe problem is I just need to play regularly. The other forwards [in the England squad] are playing regularly and scoring goals so they deserve to be in the squad. So itâ€™s about me playing regularly and trying to get back in the squad.â€ť
He admits it would be tough to leave north London in search of first-team football, but concedes he may be left with no option.
He added: â€śI love the club. Iâ€™m Spurs through and through. Iâ€™ve been here for a number of years, my family love the club and the fans been with me since day one.
â€śItâ€™s difficult to think about leaving the club. When youâ€™re playing for a club you love itâ€™s such a great feeling. But Iâ€™m 29 now, I just need to be playing football regularly. Thatâ€™s all that matters.â€ť