Jermain Defoe has dismissed fears over his fitness and is confident of making Roy Hodgson’s England World Cup squad.
The Toronto FC striker has recovered from a hamstring injury which ruled him out for a month and forced him to miss three games.
Defoe, who joined Major League Soccer side Toronto in February from Tottenham Hotspur, has rejected suggestions that his injury lay-off may have affected his chances of making Hodgson’s squad which he names on May 12th.
“I missed three games. It happens in football, players get injured,” said Defoe. “But if you miss three games and that changes the fact that you could, I don’t know, go to a tournament, that’s crazy.
“I don’t feel like I need to sell myself to anyone because I’ll just let my football do the talking. I’ve done that since I made my professional debut at 17 … I’m sure the manager knows what I can do.”
Defoe, who has won 55 caps for England, insists he has fully recovered from the hamstring problem and he admits it was frustrating to pick up the injury after making such a bright start to life with Toronto, with three goals in his first two games.
“It’s been really frustrating because when you get off to a good start, you just want it to continue as long as possible,” added Defoe
“Luckily enough it wasn’t something that was too serious. It was just a case of resting and doing your rehab stuff. But yeah it feels fine now. I feel 100 per cent. I’ve worked really hard. So maybe I’ll come back stronger than I was before, which is important for the team.