Following the appointment of former boss Sam Allardyce as manager of England, it was believed that Defoe would be earning a recall into the international setup for the upcoming World Cup qualifiers against Slovakia.
However, Defoe has missed out on a call-up once again and following the snub from ex-Black Cats manager Allardyce, the 33-year-old feels he deserves another chance for the Three Lions.
Defoe said: "If I'm scoring goals in the Premier League then why not?
"There's no difference between international football and Premier League football, it is still the same. If you get a chance in the game you've got to score.
"England is always at the back of your mind when you are scoring goals, which is what I get judged on. But I've always said, just concentrate on my club football and see what happens after that."