LONDON (AP) – Tottenham striker Jermain Defoe has hinted he could leave the club if he can't secure a regular place in the side.
The England frontman has made just six Premier League starts, scoring six goals, and is growing increasingly frustrated.
He 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."
Spurs boss Harry Redknapp has made it clear he has no intention of selling Defoe when the transfer window opens next month.
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."