Tottenham striker Defoe enjoyed World Cup experience
Defoe, who scored a crucial goal against Slovenia in the final group game which ensured England's passage into the knockout stages, has rejected criticism of the players being overhyped and overpaid..
"It's not like that, especially for me," Defoe told Sky Sports News..
"I love playing football. I'm a football fan, I've still got my England flags plastered around my house and all the boys are the same..
"Everyone is disappointed you can tell. If you look at the players, every game we go into we want to win, even in training..
"It happens, it's football. But I'll definitely say the passion and the pride has always been there, and will never change.".
Despite England's disappointing campaign, Defoe insists playing for his country at the World Cup fulfilled a boyhood ambition..
"It's something that I dreamed of as a young kid," he added..
"All the boys will tell you it's a great experience. Sometimes it's difficult, you go to a World Cup and want to get off to a good start and sometimes that might not happen..
"If you look at the great nations, a lot of them find it difficult in the games. But the overall experience was great and I really enjoyed it."