The striker starred for Tottenham in Sunday's 2-1 win over north London rivals Arsenal. Capello was present at White Hart Lane to see Defoe turn in an impressive display.
On his knees: Defoe wasn't picked by Capello for the game against Montenegro
But the 28-year-old striker was omitted from the squad which was announced on Sunday night, with Capello opting for Wayne Rooney, Andy Carroll, Darren Bent, Danny Welbeck and Bobby Zamora as his attacking options.
'I am obviously very disappointed,' said Defoe. 'I feel I have not let Mr Capello down when I have played, but I will work hard to get my place back.'
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