sport news Jermain Defoe has not given up on playing for England at World Cup

Jermain Defoe has not given up his dream of playing for England at this summer's World Cup.

The 35-year-old came off the bench to rescue a late point for Bournemouth at Watford on Saturday with just his fourth goal of the season.

A serious ankle injury curtailed Defoe's campaign and he has not started a game for the Cherries since December.

Jermain Defoe (r) came off the bench to grab Bournemouth's equaliser in 2-2 draw vs Watford

Jermain Defoe (r) came off the bench to grab Bournemouth's equaliser in 2-2 draw vs Watford

That saw him omitted from Gareth Southgate's last England squad for the recent friendly double-header against Holland and .

He sealed a Three Lions recall under Southgate last season and kept his place for the World Cup qualifiers late last year.

Now, though, he faces a battle to convince the England boss he is worthy of a place on the plane to Russia - but the veteran is not giving up just yet.

Defoe believes he csn still play for England and is dreaming of World Cup call-up

Defoe believes he csn still play for England and is dreaming of World Cup call-up

'I came here (to Bournemouth) as an England player,' said Defoe.

'I worked so hard to get back in the squad and signed here as an England player. I have missed the last three squads because I am not playing.

'I spoke to the manager a few months ago and it's as simple as that - you have got to be playing and scoring goals and see what happens.

'It's not up to me, it's up to

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