Yesterday England named their World Cup Squad for Brazil. Packed with youthful exuberance, there were a few veteran omissions, including Jermain Defoe. Having moved from the Premier League to the MLS in February, 31 year old Defoe has struggled to stay healthy, but he is refusing to blame his move to the MLS for being left out of the squad:
"In life you can't expect anything, but I felt I had a good chance of going because I've been involved in most of the squads. I feel devastated."
Asked whether the decision to leave the Premier League for North America had affected his chances, Defoe said: "No.
"All I've done is got my head down and play football. I've continued to do what I've always done - scored goals and worked hard."
I like Defoe, I've always rated him. However I do feel he made the move to the MLS too early, it's difficult to stay relevant to the England set-up when you're not playing in one of the top leagues in the World. Especially when you are a fringe player without any guarantees.
It was hard enough for Defoe when he was getting 10 minutes each game for Spurs. Having scored three goals in his opening three games, Jermain has been sidelined for 5 weeks with a nagging hamstring injury, he did make his comeback at the start of March against New England, however he was too much of a risk.
England have decided to take four strikers to Brazil, with Ricky Lambert snapping up the final spot alongside Wayne Rooney, Danny Welbeck and 21 goal Daniel Sturridge. This may mark the End for Defoe who missed out on the 2006 World Cup, before being included in the 2010 set-up. I find it hard to imagine him breaking his way back into the side, especially when you consider Jay Rodriguez will be back in contention after he recovers from his injury.
Defoe has made 55 appearances for England, scoring 19 times.