In the latest Bournemouth news, Jermain Defoe is hoping to get a run of games for the rest of the season and earn a place in England’s squad for the 2018 World Cup.
Defoe joined the Cherries last summer on a free transfer from relegated Sunderland and much was expected from the new arrival who scored 18 goals from 29 appearances when playing on loan for the south-coast outfit in the 2000-01 season.
However, the 35-year-old has been blighted by injuries during his time at the Vitality Stadium and has been restricted to just 19 Premier League appearances in total, with nine starts.
Now back to full fitness, the former Tottenham and Portsmouth striker has found it difficult to dislodge Callum Wilson, the club’s top scorer this term with seven goals, and Norway international Josh King from the team.
But Defoe boosted his chances of a possible return to the starting XI after coming off the bench on Saturday to score a stoppage-time equaliser in the 2-2 draw against Watford.
That strike has taken his season tally to four and the Englishman knows he needs a regular run in the first team if he is going to be on the plane to Russia with the Three Lions.
“I’ve missed the last three squads,” he said. “There’s a lot more goals in me, but I know I’ve got to be playing. I worked so hard to get back in the squad and signed for Bournemouth as an England player.
“You’ve got to be playing, you’ve got to be performing and you’ve got to be scoring goals. Once I start doing that I will feel I’m ready to go now. If I can get a run of games I am going to score goals because it’s something I have always done.”
Defoe is 33/1 with Betfred to make England’s World Cup squad and will be hoping to continue his goalscoring run at home against relegation-threatened Crystal Palace on Saturday.