Jermain Defoe insists he can shoot England to World Cup glory in Russia.
The Bournemouth striker has not given up hope of making Gareth Southgate’s 23-man squad this summer, despite his lack of game time for the Cherries.
The 35-year-old has featured just four times for his club in 2018 and came off the bench to score a late equaliser at Watford on Saturday, his fourth strike of the campaign.
Defoe was recalled to the England fold last season by Southgate and the 57-cap forward is adamant, if picked he can make a big contribution for his country.
He said: “I would come on and win the World Cup, it’s as simple as that.
“You come on for one minute, two minutes, and if there’s a chance you score.
“At a tournament, it is not just about the players who start, it’s about the squad. It has been a stop-start season for me but I can’t sulk.”
“No-one wants to sit on the bench.
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“If you get to the point where you accept sitting on the bench then you shouldn’t be playing. I know there are still a lot more goals in me.
“I came here (in the summer) as an England player. I worked so hard to get back in that squad.
“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.
“I understand I have got to be playing. You can’t just assume you are going to get in the squad because of what you have done over the years.”