"I'm playing in a good team at club level and am going to get chances to score goals. I believe that if I get chances, I'll score," Defoe said in The Daily Express.
"If I'm doing what I'm doing then hopefully I would back myself to keep Michael (Owen) out.
"It's a good feeling to get in ahead of Michael. He's a player I have always looked up to. He's a great goalscorer with a record that speaks for itself.
"I just want to look at myself though, work hard and keep getting my goals."