This weekend might be Jermain Defoe’s final chance.
The same player who last month “hoped” Roy Hodgson would be watching now needs England’s bench boss to side with selective memory when he releases his provisional World Cup roster next month.
Memories of the 31-year-old bagging three goals through his first two MLS games.
Memories of the World Cup veteran scoring a crucial game-winner against Slovenia at the 2010 World Cup.
Memories of Defoe’s stunning strike against Italy in a friendly two years back.
With Toronto FC’s Michael Bradley (U.S.) and Julio Cesar (Brazil) locks to appear for their respective nations in Brazil, popular thought among North American pundits is Defoe’s window with England has shut.
The blinds closed.
The light switch flipped off.
After all, Wayne Rooney, Danny Welbeck and Daniel Sturridge are all but locks to be included in Hodgson’s 23-man side.