Jermain Defoe has hinted he may have to leave Sunderland if they are relegated.
Defoe could feature in England’s Wednesday’s friendly in Germany ahead of Sunday’s World Cup qualifier against Lithuania at Wembley.
“You have to be realistic, to get into any squad is based on merit and to do that you have to be playing at the top level,” said Defoe.
“When I went to Toronto (in 2014) I missed out on the World Cup. When I got the call it was hard to accept but you had to be realistic and think the boys I was competing against were playing the Premier League and Europe and that’s why I missed out.
“So, yeah, I would say you would need to be playing in the Premier League but we’ll see what happens.”