Jermain Defoe knows the importance of playing regular football if he is to make the England squad for Euro 2012.
The Spurs striker has found himself mostly starting in the Europa League this season due to the partnership between Emmanuel Adebayor and Rafael van der Vaart.
What is most reassuring for us fans is that Defoe has declared his love for the club – there’s nothing better than when a player is so proud to wear our famous shirt.
He is ready to force his way back into Redknapp’s plans and that’s exactly what we want – quality players fighting for places.
“Everyone knows I love the club. I’m Spurs through and through,” the England marksman told talkSPORT.
“I’ve been here for a number of years, my family love the club and the fans have been fantastic with me since day one.
“It’s difficult to think about leaving. When you’re playing for a club you love it’s such a great feeling.
“But I’m 29 and need to be playing football regularly. That’s all that matters.
“Leading into a massive tournament you want to make sure you’re on that plane.
“Having had that buzz before, you want it again so it’s important for me to be playing, especially at my age.
“The other forwards [in the England squad] are playing regularly.
“You could say it’s not fair really, they are scoring goals so they deserve to be in the squad.
“So it’s about me playing regularly and trying to get back in the squad.”
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