Sunderland striker Jermain Defoe still holds England hopes

Jermain Defoe has insisted that he still aims of regaining a place in Roy Hodgson's England plans.

Sunderland striker Jermain Defoe insists that he still harbours ambitions of regaining a place in Roy Hodgson's England plans.

The 32-year-old striker joined the Black Cats after a brief spell at Toronto FC in January, scoring four vitally important goals to keep the Wearside club in the Premier League.

"It was at the back of my mind at the time, before I left (for Toronto). But because I was in the squad, especially with Roy Hodgson, I just thought I would remain in the squad regardless of where I was playing," Defoe told Sky Sports.

"But I never once said I didn't want to play for my country; I didn't retire. I haven't spoken to him, because I don't feel like I need to speak to him. I just feel that all I need to do is make sure I have a good pre-season and score a lot of goals and we will see what happens.

"I still feel like I've got a lot to offer for England. I still feel like I can score at that level. If you get the chances you will score, simple as that."

Throughout his England international career, Defoe has thus far made 55 appearances while scoring 19 goals in the process. He has proved with his return to the Premier League that he still has that eye for goal instinct.

Defoe also admitted that he gave thought to his England career before moving to the MLS but believed he had a good chance of remaining in the national side as long as he kept scoring goals.

Whether Defoe was naive in making a move to Toronto is up for debate, but MLS is still widely seen as a way for a player to wind down their career rather than a chance to push for an international call-up.

You could go as far to argue timezones are an issue with the league when Roy Hodgson has a squad load of players to keep an eye on each week with the vast majority playing in England.

Of course Defoe stands a chance by staying in the Premier League with Sunderland.

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