JERMAIN Defoe is eager to fire in the goals for Sunderland which propel him back into the England squad.
Defoe missed the cut for Roy Hodgson’s 23-man final squad for last summer’s tournament in Brazil, despite being regularly called up during the qualifying campaign.
The 32-year-old, who has 55 caps for his country, was restricted to a place on the stand-by list, just three months after joining MLS outfit Toronto FC.
But after leaving Toronto to return to the Premier League with Sunderland last week, Defoe hopes his goal return in a red and white shirt will duly see him earn another chance for England after admitting his dejection during the summer.
Defoe said today: “By scoring goals, hopefully I can get back into the England squad. That would be great for me.
“I was disappointed (in the summer) because I thought I was going, to be honest.
“I was involved in every squad and I went to the Euros (2012) with Roy.
“Even though I went to Toronto, I went there in March, I was playing every game and I was fit.
“And even before that, it’s not like he had a conversation with me saying that if I go to Toronto, I might lose my place.
“I was shocked and I was disappointed, but it happens.
“He wanted to go with a lot of younger players he said.
“But I still watched it.”
Defoe, who was introduced to the press today, said: “It’s always mad and hectic when the window opens and you turn the TV on and there’s all the speculation, especially around me.
“I remember reading there were 10 clubs interested or something like that.
“It got to the stage where I thought, I’m not going to watch the TV.
“And then I got a phone call from Gus.
“I pretty much made my mind up there and then.
“I knew him from before and he spoke about how he wants to play, spoke about the club.
“Gus is an honest guy and I’ve always spoken to him over the years.”