By next March, Defoe’s international career will stretch back a full decade, during which time he has amassed over 50 caps.
It is a pretty decent return by any standards — but the 30-year-old hitman is keen to add to his tally.
He said: “I came into the game quite early, making my debut at West Ham when I was 17.
“Even at that stage people were talking about me, saying I could go on to be special and score goals for club and country.
“You have to live up to that. You have to work hard. You can’t take your foot off the gas at any stage.”