Jermain Defoe has signalled his desire to win back his England place and be on the plane to Brazil.

The Spurs striker is conscious of how quickly fortunes can change in football.

He reflected on how manager Andre Villas-Boas has fought back from being under pressure after the Manchester City debacle to guide his side to within three points of second place. Two away wins have bolstered his position.

Defoe, starting consecutive games, hit the woodwork twice and showed his trademark slippery forward play, a recipe that he hopes will initiate his own upturn in prominence.

He has scored nine this season, two in the league, five in Europe and two in the Capital One Cup, but has lost his England squad place and regular club start to new arrival Roberto Soldado.