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Toronto star Defoe calm regarding World Cup hopes

Toronto FC striker Jermain Defoe was not getting carried away with his successful MLS debut in the 2-1 win over Seattle Sounders on the weekend.

The former Tottenham ace scored twice as the Reds opened the 2014 campaign with three points in what was a dream start for both club and player.

Defoe is chasing a spot in Roy Hodgson's England squad for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil and although his performance did his chances no harm, he was not getting too far ahead of himself.

"I think the most important thing for me is to focus on playing here, winning games, and working hard for the team, and obviously trying to score goals," was Defoe's response when he was asked what Hodgson would have taken from the performance if he watched.

"Obviously with the England thing, it's obviously going to be in the back of my mind, but I'm sure if someone said to Roy Hodgson, 'If you haven't seen Jermain scored two goals…' then maybe he won't be surprised.

"So yeah, it was good, but I think it's important that we keep our heads down now and all stick together and look forward to the next game."

Defoe and Toronto will now return to Canada for next weekend's home meeting with DC United at BMO Field.

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