Despite his impressive Europa League form, Defoe has found Premier League game time hard to come by and has only played a supporting role this term, often coming off the bench for the north London club, and in some fixtures Spurs’ manager Andre Villas-Boas has left him to warm the pine as an unused substitute.
Under the Portuguese tactician, the England international has played an average of 16.7 minutes per game in this season’s Premier League, and has indicated he may be starting to feel a bit rusty.
“As a forward, if you are not getting the opportunities to play it will be difficult,” Defoe admitted on ITV.
The 31-year-old, who is currently part of Roy Hodgson’s England squad, is aware that a lack of league game could cost him a place in the Three Lions World Cup 23-man squad squad.
“Frank Lampard got it right when he said the other day that everyone is fighting [for places].
“[But] there is a lot of football to be played [in the Premier League] and we will see what happens,” he added hopefully. “You never know, I might play every game from now on.”
“It’s important that everyone goes back to their clubs and plays games to try to impress the manager. [Because] getting into a World Cup squad is based on merit and you have to play for your club.”