Jermain Defoe still hopes to be picked for England

England's Jermain Defoe eyes the ball during the World Cup 2014 qualifying football match between San Marino and England at Serravalle Stadium in San Marino on March 22, 2013
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Toronto striker Jermain Defoe admits that he is eager to play for England again, despite not being selected since February and missing out on the World Cup in Brazil.

Toronto striker Jermain Defoe has expressed his eagerness to play for England again, despite missing out on the World Cup finals in Brazil.

The 32-year-old has not turned out for the Three Lions since moving to the Major League Soccer outfit in February this year.

Defoe told BBC Sport: "I would never rule myself out of playing for my country. There's no better feeling than scoring goals for your country. To get that feeling again would be special."

He added: "I've always said as a player to get into any international squad is based on merit, you've got to playing well for your club and that's all you can do."

Defoe has scored 19 goals in 55 appearances for England.

England's Jermain Defoe eyes the ball during the World Cup 2014 qualifying football match between San Marino and England at Serravalle Stadium in San Marino on March 22, 2013
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