Then, the Toronto FC striker netted an opening-season brace in Seattle after announcing his intentions.
Either Hodgson wasn’t interested or Defoe’s start to his MLS career wasn’t enough.
Either way, the 31-year-old was left off England’s 23-man World Cup squad Monday, named to the team’s seven-person “stand-by” list instead.
In Defoe’s place go Manchester United’s Wayne Rooney and Danny Welbeck, Liverpool’s Daniel Sturridge and Southampton’s Rickie Lambert.
Despite naming just seven defenders to his team, Hodgson elected to add an additional midfielder to England’s roster instead of adding a fifth striker, which very well could have been Defoe.
Toronto FC’s leading goal-scorer is expected to remain with the Reds for the duration of the summer barring injury to one of England’s attackers.
“It’s difficult, ” Defoe told BBC Radio. “I did feel like I had a good chance of going because I’ve been in most of the squads. I just felt like I’ve done enough.
“To miss out I feel devastated to be honest.”
One BBC Radio host shoved the knife in a bit further, asking Defoe if moving to MLS hurt his World Cup chances.
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