Defoe is back on the international scene after firing the opening goal in England’s 2-0 win over Lithuania on Sunday.
The 34-year-old, earning his first start in nearly four years, staked his claim for an extended role in Gareth Southgate’s setup with a trademark poacher’s finish – and now has his eyes set on sneaking into the squad for the 2018 World Cup in Russia.
"Obviously I've got to go back to my club and make sure we finish the season strong," said Defoe, who made his England debut in 2004 and featured in the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.
"I'll keep my head down and see what happens. It's good to be back. Just to win the game was important and we did that. It's hard to put in words really to be back."
He led England out onto the pitch at Wembley Stadium alongside five-year-old cancer fighter Bradley Lowery, whom he has struck an accord with in Sunderland.
WHAT SOUTHGATE SAID
"We've got to look every time we get together as to who's in form," Southgate said. "I don't know if we can have a pecking order because players that are playing well deserve that opportunity. We've got to have that competition for places.
"The reality is that you will always lose players to injury and it's really important that we are able to call upon the likes of Jermain. If he's scoring goals in the Premier League and playing as well as he has this season, there's absolutely no reason why he couldn't (go to the World Cup)."
Only three Englishmen have scored more than 10 goals in the Premier League this season: Harry Kane (19), Defoe and Dele Alli (both 14).
Southgate only picked three strikers in his most recent squad, neglecting any target men (i.e. Andy Carroll), suggesting his strikers at the World Cup will come from the below group barring a sensational change. Only Kane is guaranteed a spot on the plane next summer, with the remaining contenders left to scrap over three (or so) spots...
Harry Kane (PL goals: 19)
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