Defoe Still Hurt By England World Cup Snub

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  • Former Tottenham Hotspur ace Jermain Defoe says that he still feels the pain of his omission from England's 2014 World Cup squad - a decision he fears may take a while to comprehend.

    The 31-year-old striker has scored 19 goals in 55 games for the Three Lions, but was left out of Roy Hodgson's 2014 World Cup plans last week for this summer's awaiting tournament in Brazil.

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    A scorer during England's low-key 2010 World Cup campaign, the former Tottenham striker could not hide his disappointment of being denied a place on the plane to this year's fixtures.

    "I don't think I'll ever be at peace with the England decision," commented Defoe.

    "If I had an injury, then I could sort of understand it. I could hold my hand up and say, 'it was not meant to be'. But in my head it's baffling a little bit. I don't really understand it.

    "I don't think I need to prove to the England manager that I should be there. I think I've done that throughout my England career. I've always worked hard."

    Defoe added a thunderous fifth goal in seven appearances for new side Toronto FC on Saturday (17 May), having moved from a Tottenham Hotspurs side he spent almost 11 seasons with and and scored 10 goals during the previous Premier League season.

    Following the latest goal in his MLS campaign, Defoe felt he had proved his point, saying: "It's only normal when you get a disappointment to try to prove people wrong, and just to remind people, at the end of the day, this is what I'm doing. I think I did that today."

    England begin their 2014 World Cup Group D campaign against fellow former champions Italy on June 14.​ Click here to compare odds for England to win World Cup 2014.

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