Monday 28 November 2011

Defoe has no plans to leave Tottenham

Striker determined to fight for his place for Club and country

Defoe has scored four League goals in nine appearances

Tottenham striker Jermain Defoe insists he is happy at the Club, despite his lack of first-team action.

The 29-year-old has been used primarily off the bench this season, with his last starting appearance in the Barclays Premier League coming against Arsenal at the beginning of October.

His lack of action has seen him linked with a move away from White Hart Lane, but Defoe said he is happy to bide his time.

"I am worried about not going to the European Championships"
- Jermain Defoe

"I am committed to Tottenham," he said. "I love the Club and I love the fans.

"It's a really important time for the Club. Everyone wants to play their part and I'm no different."

Defoe does, however, concede his lack of first-team football could cost him a place in the England squad at Euro 2012.

The former West Ham and Portsmouth forward has been overlooked for the last few squads by England coach Fabio Capello and is concerned at missing out on next summer's finals in Poland and Ukraine.

"I am worried about not going to the European Championships. I want to give myself every chance," added Defoe.

"It feels already a little bit like the 2005-06 season, when I scored a lot of goals but didn't start a lot of matches. I ended up not going to the World Cup and I don't want that to happen again.

"I believe that if I am playing, I have got a real chance of going to the Euros. But I'm going to bide my time."

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Key Points

  • Defoe has started just four League games this season
  • Says he is happy to stay and fight for Tottenham place
  • Admits concern at missing out on place at Euro 2012