Jermain Defoe is dreaming of a place in England’s World Cup squad.
The 34-year-old Bournemouth striker is looking to bag himself a seat on the plane to Russia and has admits it is already in the back of his mind.
Defoe said: “It’s only normal to have one eye on the World Cup.
“Every English player will want to get in to that squad but it’s based on merit, so you’ll have to play well for your club.
“I’ll focus on doing that and then if I get the opportunity to play in the World Cup again, it would be a dream.”
Defoe, recalled to the England setup by Gareth Southgate in March after a three-year exile, made his first outing since joining Bournemouth from Sunderland in Saturday’s 2-1 friendly win at Portsmouth.
The front-man is aware he faces a fight for his place on the south coast and likened it to his time at Tottenham.
Defoe said: “It’s good competition here and that’s what you want as a player.
“It’s no different to Tottenham because there were always four top forwards who would go away with their national team and England.
“It keeps you on your toes and you know that you have to work hard to get that opportunity and when you get it you have to take it, it’s as simple as that.”