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Defoe still hopeful of World Cup berth after signing for Toronto FC

Defoe still hopeful of World Cup berth after signing for Toronto FC

The forward says he will be ready to play for the Three Lions in Brazil if selected and feels his MLS switch represents a "great opportunity"

Tottenham striker Jermain Defoe feels he does not have much more to prove to England boss Roy Hodgson ahead of the World Cup.

The 31-year-old forward, who has won 55 caps for his country, most recently against Chile in November, is headed for MLS outfit Toronto FC, after deciding to leave White Hart Lane.

Defoe has scored 19 goals for England and was considered a likely selection for Hodgson at this year's World Cup in Brazil, but the forward hopes he has done enough to convince the England boss of his qualities.

"Hopefully the manager knows what I can do," the striker told Sky Sports News. "I am 31 and I have played in the Premiership my whole career.

"There's not much more I need to prove but it's down to the manager - he picks the squad. If I get picked to play for my country, I will be ready."

Defoe added that he had a "special" time at Tottenham but that the security TFC could offer him was too good to refuse.

"I was there nine years so you can imagine what it's like," he added. "I think everyone knows how I feel about Tottenham.

"I have had a special relationship with the fans over the years but it's football and players move on. At the age of 31 it is a great opportunity for me and my family."

"I only had a year left on my contract at Tottenham. If you have a year left and someone comes in and offers you four, you have to think about it and consider your options. It's as simple as that."

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