Tottenham striker Defoe has never completed 90 minutes for England

Tottenham striker Jermain Defoe has no problem with his use by England.

Tottenham striker Jermain Defoe has no problem with his use by England.

He has never completed 90 minutes at international level in 46 appearances over seven years — with 17 of those being starts.

But his record as an international scorer is up there with the very best, with one goal every three games. He told The Sun: "If England are winning and I am playing well, then great.

"Even if I don't score and come off, I don't see it as a problem. If you had said all those caps and I'd not started one match, then maybe that would be a problem. But I have started 17 — I'll take that.

"I've scored when I've started, I've scored when I have come on — so what is the problem?

"I scored a hat-trick for England against Bulgaria a year ago and came off with 10 minutes to go.

"Then in my next England game against Switzerland, I picked up a bad ankle injury and have played only once for my country in the last six months. I have always enjoyed things with England, it's been good — up until that Swiss match."

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