Toronto signing Defoe admits leaving Tottenham could damage World Cup hopes
The 31-year old was unveiled as the MLS clubs marquee signing on Monday after signing a deal believed to be worth around £8million which officially kicks on at the end of February.
Speaking at the unveiling, Defoe spoke of his desire to again represent his country at a World Cup but was also eager to get his MLS career started in a brand new environment in front of expectant supporters.
"I have to be honest, I did think about the chances of going to the World Cup. It is always important to play well for your club, " Defoe told the news conference.
"Having played in a World Cup before it is just the greatest thing in the world, it is a dream come true, that is why you play football, to play in a major tournament and at that level.
"Yeah, it did cross my mind, but at the same time I believe the MLS is going to be fantastic for me, and it is important to be playing.
"To get into any World Cup or European Championship squad for your country, it is based on merit, which means you have to play well, be fit and ready.
"The most important thing for me is playing football, scoring my goals and doing well for the team. Hopefully I can be on the plane.
"I have played in the Premier League all of my career, scored a lot of goals and at the age of 31 I would like to think the England manager and everyone in England knows what I can do, can bring for the country, and if selected, I will be ready."
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