LONDON (AP) - Jermain Defoe retained his place in the England squad for the friendly against Denmark despite his impending move to Canada, but playing in Major League Soccer might harm his chances of making the World Cup.
“You can’t deny of course that playing for Toronto can’t be put on a par with playing in the Premier League - nobody would expect me to say that,” England coach Roy Hodgson said on Thursday. “And all these factors will be taken into consideration when we make a (squad) decision.”
But Hodgson stressed that playing for Toronto “won’t necessarily count against” the striker if his goal-scoring touch also travels with him.
“I would judge it on the player, what the player brings, what I think he will add to the squad, and there will be an element of his form and how he’s playing at the moment,” Hodgson said.
Defoe was included in the 30-man squad for Wednesday’s Denmark game at the expense of Andy Carroll, who made five appearances for West Ham since returning from a foot injury in January before being suspended for a red card.
“Carroll has hardly played but we will be keeping an eye on him,” Hodgson said.
“Anyone who has watched him play recently will not deny he deserves a place in a large squad like this,” Hodgson said. “He has played extremely well and is a very exciting talent.”
Shaw, one of four Southampton players in the squad, will be competing for a place at left back with veteran Ashley Cole and Leighton Baines.
At the World Cup, England plays Italy, Uruguay and Costa Rica in Group D.