Anderson believes the Spurs ace could be the Three Lions’ not-so-secret weapon in South Africa this summer.
The former Nottingham Forest, Arsenal and Manchester United full-back told the Mirror: “I don’t think Defoe will start because I think Fabio Capello will go with his preferred option of one big one and one small one, and that’s likely to be Heskey and Rooney, but he could be a real weapon coming off the bench.
“Defoe is the most natural finisher in the Premier League and he’s got that ability to score goals that you can’t teach.
“You play a lot of games in a short space of time at a World Cup and you need players who can slot into the side, or come off the bench, and make an impact.
“At that level, you might get only three or four chances a game and having someone who can take one of those chances is a huge asset.
“And if Defoe is fit and playing as he is for Tottenham at the moment, he could be the one.
“You look at the French, the Italians and the Spanish, and if they lose one of their front-line strikers, they haven’t got anyone who can score goals. We have, and that could be a real advantage.”