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Tottenham striker Defoe: I know I must play regularly to make World Cup

Tottenham striker Jermain Defoe knows he needs to play to make England's World Cup squad.

Defoe acknowledges that he cannot afford to rely on his reputation as a goal-getter to get him international recognition.

He told Sky Sports News: "In a World Cup year you have got to play, it's as simple as that.

"To get into any England squad, it's based on merit. So you have got to play, I understand that. I also understand that it's a long season, there are so many games to go and a lot of football to be played. I just have to try and keep myself sharp and fit.

"It has been really frustrating. When you have played in a World Cup and have been involved with the England squad for a number of years, it's just the best thing in the world - representing your country at that level. You want to play."

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