Defoe hints at Tottenham exit

The arrival of Emmanuel Adebayor on loan from Manchester City has

put Defoe in the shade at Spurs this season. The England frontman

has made just six Premier League starts, scoring six goals, and is

growing increasingly frustrated. Defoe fears a lack of games could

hurt his chances of making Fabio Capello’s squad for Euro 2012,

with the 29-year-old desperate to be involved. And the striker has

stressed his need to play more, telling The Sun: “I’m 29, I need to

play football. It’s as simple as that. There’s a tournament in the

summer. “I’ve been lucky enough to play in one tournament for my

country. I want to play in one again as I know if I play in a

tournament I’ll do well. “I am working hard in the gym. I did a lot

of work in the summer to get to this position and I’m not going to

waste it by sitting on the bench when I know I should play. “If I

was about 21 I could sit on my hands. But I’m 29 and want to play

football now every week.” Harry Redknapp has made it clear he has

no intention of selling Defoe when the transfer window opens next

month. But with the striker no longer a regular fixture in the

manager’s first-team plans, a move away appears his only option if

he wants to be assured game time. Defoe added: “It’s hard to

explain the feeling when you’re starting games, scoring, the team

is winning and you’re not playing in the next game. There’s nothing

more you can do as a footballer. “If you’re playing well and

scoring and, the most important thing, the team is winning, and you

are not being picked again, it’s difficult. What else am I supposed

to do? “It’s well documented that I’ve been in the team, scored

goals and then been taken out of the team. For whatever reason, I

don’t know. “It’s out of my hands. What can I say? I can just do

what I’ve got to do and make sure when I play, I play well. That’s

it really.”