World Cup: Jermain Defoe hopes Toronto move won't impact on England ambitions
Jermain Defoe insists he has not given up hope of making England's World Cup squad.
Last Updated: 13/01/14 5:48pm
Defoe was presented as a Toronto FC player in Canada on Monday, having last week agreed to join the MLS club from Tottenham at the end of February.
And the 31-year-old believes that by playing regularly for Toronto he will give himself a good chance of being selected by Roy Hodgson.
"I have to be honest, I did think about my chances of going to the World Cup," said Defoe, who won his 55th England cap in the friendly defeat against Chile in November.
"It's always important to play for your club and having played in a World Cup before, it's just a dream come through. That's why you play football.
"It did cross my mind, but at the same time I believe the MLS is going to be fantastic for me. And it's important for me to be playing.
"To get into any World Cup or European Championship squad, it's based on merit. You've got to be fit, to play well.
"The most important thing for me is to be playing football, scoring goals and do well for the team.
"Hopefully I can be on the plane. I've played in the Premier League during my whole career and scored a lot of goals.
"I think at the age of 31, I would like to think that the England manager - and everyone in England - knows what I can do, what I bring to the team. If selected I'll be ready."
Defoe admits it was a tough decision to leave Tottenham but wanted to move to the MLS while he was still in his prime.
"It was important that I still felt sharp and strong," he said. "I wanted to come here knowing that I'm willing to give something, and not for the wrong reasons.
"I want to come here, win trophies and do my best for the club."