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The 30-year-old defender says he may struggle to break into the England squad if they qualify for Brazil 2014 in his current situation, with Roberto Mancini yet to offer new terms

Manchester City defender Joleon Lescott admits he may have to quit the club in the summer to keep his World Cup hopes alive.

The 30-year-old was initially left out of England’s World Cup qualifiers against San Marino and Montenegro in March until Michael Dawson withdrew through injury, and has yet to be offered a new contract at City with just 12 months remaining on his current deal.

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And Lescott, who could face competition from Chelsea captain John Terry if the former England defender comes out of retirement, has revealed he would consider a move having featured minimally this season.

He told reporters: “It would be tough to have another season like this. I’ve only started a few games and that is not great going into a World Cup.

“I only got in the last squad by default. It was a reality check.  I need to make a decision and it needs to be the right one for my career.

“You can’t expect to play for England if you’re not playing for your club. I believe that if I’m playing at a consistent level I can retain my place in the England team. I’m sure John Terry feels the same. He hasn’t played much for his club, either. Probably only Phil Jagielka is playing regularly at the moment.

“Your best years as a centre half are between 28 and 32.

“I’m not naive enough to think I’m definitely going to stay. If I can say I’ve won two FA Cups, the Premier League and a Community Shield at City it wouldn’t be too bad, would it?”

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