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Tottenham's Jonathan Woodgate fears World Cup omission

Jonathan Woodgate
Woodgate underwent groin surgery at the end of last season

Tottenham's Jonathan Woodgate believes he has no chance of being selected for England's 2010 World Cup squad.

The centre-back, who has been hampered by a groin injury, has featured in only three Premier League games this term.

He has won two caps under England boss Fabio Capello, the last of which came as a substitute in August 2008.

The 29-year-old said: "I don't train all the time and Capello likes people who train every day. I haven't given up but we'll see what happens."

Woodgate's career has been blighted by injuries and he missed the start of this campaign after twice undergoing surgery on the groin problem.

The former Real Madrid, Middlesbrough and Newcastle defender returned to the Tottenham backline for the home defeat by Stoke in October and has featured in the club's last two league games against Sunderland and Wigan.

Jermain Defoe can make a massive impact at the World Cup, without a doubt

Jonathan Woodgate

However, he remained pessimistic about his chances of making the trip to South Africa next summer.

National team captain John Terry and Manchester United's Rio Ferdinand, who is himself struggling with injury, seem to be Capello's first-choice pairing in the centre of defence.

Plus, Manchester United's Wes Brown, West Ham's Matthew Upson, Bolton's Gary Cahill and Manchester City's Joleon Lescott have featured in Capello's most recent squads and are perceived to be fighting for the two remaining central defensive berths.

Woodgate is more optimistic over Jermain Defoe's chances of making a major impact in South Africa, comparing the Tottenham striker to Barcelona's Lionel Messi.

Defoe scored five goals for Spurs in Sunday's 9-1 drubbing of Wigan and Woodgate stated: "JD can do anything he wants to do.


"Fabio Capello seems to have a lot of faith in him and he's been outstanding. He can make a massive impact at the World Cup, without a doubt.

"Put Jermain Defoe up playing for Barcelona and I'm sure he'd be well known as well.

"Full credit to him, he does it in training ever day. The Golden Boot? He's got every chance, hasn't he?"

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