Jermain Defoe
Professional footballer
Jermain Defoe
Jermain Colin Defoe is an English footballer who plays as a striker for English Premier League club Tottenham Hotspur, and the England national football team. Defoe began his career with Charlton Athletic, joining their youth team at age fourteen, before moving to West Ham United aged sixteen, and rising through the ranks.
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Soccer-English premier league summaries
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Jan 14 (Gracenote) - Summaries from the English premier league matches on Saturday Leicester City 0 Chelsea 3 Marcos Alonso 6,51, Pedro 71 Halftime: 0-1;Attendance: 32,066- - -West Ham United 3 Sofiane Feghouli 68, Andy Carroll 79, Manuel Lanzini 86 Crystal Palace 0 Halftime: 0-0;Attendance: 56,984- - -Burnley 1 Joey Barton 78 Southampton 0 Halftime: 0-0;Attendance: 20,254- - -Watford 0 Middlesbrough 0 Halftime: 0-0;Attendance: 20,659- - -Hull City 3 Abel Hernandez 32,50, Tyrone Mings 62og Bournemouth 1 Junior Stanislas 3pen Halftime: 1-1;Attendance: 17,963- - -Sunderland 1 Jermain Defoe 40 ...
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Soccer-Moyes adamant that Defoe is not for sale
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Sunderland striker Jermain Defoe is not for sale and a bid from West Ham United has been rejected, manager David Moyes said on Friday. Moyes told reporters that West Ham had made one bid of 6 million pounds ($7.39 million), but were informed there was no deal to be done. "Myself, (chief executive) Martin Bain, and (owner) Ellis Short are in agreement -- categorically, Jermain Defoe is not for sale." Relegation-threatened Sunderland desperately need Defoe's firepower, with the 34-year-old scoring 11 goals in 20 Premier League appearances this season.
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Sunderland's N'Doye can ease burden on Defoe: Allardyce
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(Reuters) - Sunderland's new loan signing Dame N'Doye will ease the goalscoring burden on striker Jermain Defoe, manager Sam Allardyce has said. The Black Cats have relied heavily on Defoe, who has scored nine times in 14 league starts this season, with the 33-year-old netting over 30 percent of the team's league goals. "I don't think you can have enough forwards in your squad especially if they're hungry to get on the pitch and show what they can do," Allardyce told the club's website (
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Sunderland's Allardyce keen to hold on to striker Defoe
Yahoo News - about 1 year
(Reuters) - Sunderland striker Jermain Defoe will not be sold during the January transfer window unless the club receive an exceptional offer, manager Sam Allardyce has said, while announcing his intention to keep deploying the 33-year-old as a lone striker. Allardyce appeared unconvinced by Defoe when he took over from Dick Advocaat in October, saying the striker needed to improve his all-round contribution to the team, but seems to have been won over by a series of encouraging displays. "We haven't had any bids for Jermain and I suppose if there had been a bid for him, I would have turned it down," Allardyce told reporters at his pre-match news conference ahead of Saturday's FA Cup third round tie against Arsenal.
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Second Win for Sunderland
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Jermain Defoe pounced on a defensive blunder to score in an open net in the 80th minute and give struggling Sunderland a 1-0 win.
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Soccer-Sunderland get rare win as Defoe punishes Palace error
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(Adds quotes) LONDON, Nov 23 (Reuters) - Sunderland striker Jermain Defoe cashed in on a horrendous defensive mix-up to give his struggling side a much-needed 1-0 win at Crystal Palace in the Premier League on Monday. The team with the worst away record in the top flight pinched all three points at Selhurst Park to ruin Palace's best start to a Premier League season thanks to former England forward Defoe's persistence in the 80th minute. As Defoe tried to pounce on a loose ball, Scott Dann, trying to shield it, made a mess of his attempted clearance, poking the ball past indecisive keeper Wayne Hennessy into the path of the Sunderland striker who muscled through to tap into an empty net.
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Pompey supporter Close revelling in first-team role
Hayling Islander - almost 2 years
Photographs of Harry Redknapp and Lomana Lualua adorned with their best wishes are still pinned to Ben Close’s wall. The Pompey fan who has grown up in sight of Fratton Park has spent his lifetime longing to arrive in the first team. On Saturday against Bury, the 18-year-old was presented with his seventh appearance of the season. Except this was different – it was a first Football League start. On the Blues’ books since the age of 10, over the years Close has idolised Paul Merson, Pedro Mendes, Lassana Diarra, Jermain Defoe and Peter Crouch. As a 12-year-old, he was at Wembley for the 2008 FA Cup final triumph over Cardiff. Now he is starting matches at Fratton Park. Close said: ‘I’ve always supported Pompey, ever since I was born, and would come to watch home matches. ‘I live on Haslemere Road. It’s a little 10-minute walk to Fratton Park, and when we were based there before Roko I would walk it. ‘When I was younger I played for Wimbledon Park Tigers. My dad was manager ther ...
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Defoe wonder goal settles derby, Spurs held
Yahoo News - almost 2 years
Jermain Defoe scored a sensational long-range volley as Sunderland leapt three points clear of the Premier League relegation zone by beating derby rivals Newcastle United 1-0 on Sunday. Defoe struck in first-half stoppage-time, crashing a sublime left-foot volley into the top-right corner from 25 yards after Steven Fletcher headed on Costel Pantilimon's punt downfield. The England international's goal gave manager Dick Advocaat his first victory since succeeding Gus Poyet and enabled Sunderland to extend their run of successive wins over Newcastle to five. Now we concentrate on Crystal Palace.
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Defoe beauty gives Sunderland derby delight
Yahoo News - almost 2 years
Jermain Defoe eased Sunderland's Premier League relegation worries as his superb first-half strike earned his side a record fifth successive win over their derby rivals Newcastle United on Sunday. Defoe lashed home a first-time volley on the stroke of half-time to secure a 1-0 victory that lifted Sunderland three points clear of the relegation zone with seven games remaining. The win was Dick Advocaat's first success since replacing Gus Poyet as Sunderland head coach last month and continued a remarkable run of success over Newcastle, who were second-best throughout.
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Tottenham Hotspur Manager Tim Sherwood Open to Selling Players in January
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Tottenham Hotspur manager Tim Sherwood has revealed that he would be open to allowing a few of the first team players leave White Hart Lane after admitting that he would be happy to sell them in January. The north London club have already sanctioned the sale of their striker Jermain Defoe to Toronto FC as the England international will join the Major League Soccer side at the end of February. Spurs' summer signing Nacer Chadli is open to a loan move in January after his agent confirmed the midfielder is looking to improve his playing time to secure a place in the Belgium squad for the World Cup in Brazil. Lewis Holtby could also join Chadli in the players leaving White Hart Lane in January as the Daily Mail report claims that Sherwood is looking to offload the German midfielder in the ongoing transfer window.
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Soccer-TFC on suicide watch after Defoe and Bradley signings
Yahoo News - about 3 years
By Steve Keating TORONTO, Jan 13 (Reuters) - - Toronto FC's decision to sign England striker Jermain Defoe and U.S. midfielder Michael Bradley is akin to committing financial suicide, Tim Leiweke, the man who masterminded the deals, said on Monday. But if Leiweke, president of TFC owners Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment (MLSE), and all those involved in the reported $100 million deal were really preparing for economic hara-kiri they were doing it with a smile on their faces. There were no frowns anywhere as MLSE, whose sporting portfolio also includes the NHL's Toronto Maple Leafs and NBA's Raptors, introduced Defoe and Bradley during a splashy unveiling at a popular upscale sports bar. Defoe, who joined from Tottenham Hotspur where he was the Premier League club's fifth highest scorer with 142 goals and Bradley, a hard-nosed midfielder lured from Serie A giants AS Roma, joined Brazilian striker Gilberto to cap an off-season shopping spree never before seen in Major League Soccer.
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Jermain Defoe
  • 2016
    Age 33
    On 13 August 2016, the opening day of the 2016–17 Premier League, Defoe scored in a 2–1 loss at Manchester City, meaning he has now scored in 16 Premier League seasons.
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    On 7 May 2016, Defoe scored the winning goal against Chelsea, moving Sunderland out of the bottom three, and taking his Premier League tally to 15 for the season.
    More Details Hide Details Sunderland secured their Premier League status with a 3-0 home win over Everton on 11 May 2016. Defoe ended the season as Sunderland's top scorer with 15 league goals, and was also named the club's player of the season. On 9 June, Defoe signed a new contract with Sunderland, committing his future to the club until 2019.
    On 16 April 2016, Defoe scored Sunderland's second goal in a crucial 0-3 away victory over fellow strugglers Norwich, which left Sunderland one point from safety.
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    Defoe then scored twice in Sunderland's opening match of 2016, a 3–1 defeat of Aston Villa on 2 January.
    More Details Hide Details In the team's next league fixture, he scored a hat-trick against Swansea in a 4–2 win at the Liberty Stadium. On 6 February, Defoe scored an 89th minute equalizer against Liverpool as Sunderland came from 2–0 down to draw the match. On 16 March, Defoe opened the scoring away to Newcastle as the Tyne–Wear derby was drawn 1–1.
  • 2015
    Age 32
    On the opening day of the 2015–16 Premier League, Defoe scored in a 4–2 loss at Leicester City, meaning he had scored in 15 Premier League seasons.
    More Details Hide Details On 25 August, he scored a hat-trick in a 6–3 home win over Exeter City in the second round of the League Cup.
    On 9 May, Defoe scored his fourth goal of the season in a 2–0 win against Everton at Goodison Park, a result which moved Sunderland out of the relegation zone and gave Everton their first home defeat of 2015.
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    His second goal came the following week on 7 February 2015, where he scored the opening goal in a 1–1 draw away to Swansea City.
    More Details Hide Details On 5 April, he scored the only goal in the Tyne–Wear derby victory over Newcastle with a 22-yard volley to end a spell of eight matches without a win, and their first victory under the management of Dick Advocaat. The emotion of scoring the goal caused him to cry.
    Defoe scored his first Sunderland goal on his home debut in a 2–0 victory over Burnley on 31 January 2015.
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    On 16 January 2015, Defoe joined Premier League club Sunderland after agreeing to a three-and-a-half-year deal, as part of a player exchange deal sending Jozy Altidore to Toronto FC, after completing only 11 months of his four-year deal with TFC.
    More Details Hide Details He made his Sunderland debut the following day against Tottenham, his former club. Defoe started the match but was goalless when he was substituted after 75 minutes, ending his record of scoring on his first appearance for every club he has played for.
  • 2014
    Age 31
    Defoe debuted with Toronto FC in their season opener at Seattle Sounders FC on 15 March 2014, scoring both goals in their 2–1 victory.
    More Details Hide Details He went on to score 11 goals in his first 16 league matches for the club. On 31 August 2014, Toronto FC called a press conference to fire manager Nelsen; during the press conference, general manager Tim Bezbatchenko was non-committal on Defoe's future at the club, implying that the player might be unsettled and that the club would entertain offers in excess of the £6 million paid for the striker. He said, "We're speaking with him Defoe and then we'll make a decision. We'll discuss it over the next 24 hours."
    Defoe was immediately loaned back to Tottenham until the end of February 2014, with whom he made two more appearances as a substitute.
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    On 10 January 2014, Tottenham announced that Defoe was leaving to join Major League Soccer team Toronto FC, effective 28 February 2014.
    More Details Hide Details He agreed to a four-year deal worth between £68,000 and £90,000 a week. TFC began its pursuit of Defoe the previous October, when the team management – which included Defoe's ex-Tottenham teammate Ryan Nelsen – met with him in London, and he received phone calls from rapper Drake, a Toronto native. The transfer also includes an agreement between Tottenham Hotspur and Toronto's owners, Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment, involving marketing, merchandise and broadcast rights, as well as a friendly match during Tottenham's North American tour in July 2014.
  • 2013
    Age 30
    On 24 September 2013, Defoe scored another two in a 4–0 win against Aston Villa in the League Cup, which took his tally for Tottenham to 139 goals, moving him past George Hunt as the club's fifth-highest scorer of all-time.
    More Details Hide Details His goal on 3 October against Anzhi Makhachkala in a 2–0 win took him to one short of the club's all-time record of 22 held by Chivers. Two further goals, against Sheriff Tiraspol in two consecutive fixtures in the Europa League, saw Defoe with 23 European goals, one more than Chivers' previous record as Tottenham's highest European goalscorer. Defoe said Chivers had been at the match and had encouraged him to beat his record.
    Defoe started 2013–14 as a substitute, with newly signed striker Roberto Soldado starting for Tottenham.
    More Details Hide Details Nonetheless, manager André Villas-Boas used him as a first-choice striker for their opening matches in the Europa League, and on 29 August he scored his first goals of the campaign in a 3–0 home win against Dinamo Tbilisi. The result took Tottenham through to the group stages via an 8–0 aggregate victory after winning 5–0 in the first leg. On 19 September, Defoe scored twice in a 3–0 victory against Tromsø in the Europa League group stages, taking his tally in Europe to within two goals of the record holder, Martin Chivers.
    On 21 April 2013, Defoe scored his 15th goal of the season in the home match against Manchester City, a 3–1 win.
    More Details Hide Details The goal took him level with Alan Gilzean in joint-seventh place on the all-time Tottenham scorers list.
    Defoe made his 500th career club appearance in a 1–1 draw with Manchester United at White Hart Lane on 20 January 2013.
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  • 2012
    Age 29
    On 30 August 2012, Defoe signed a hew three-years contract with Tottenham.
    More Details Hide Details He scored the 200th goal of his club career in a 4–2 defeat to Chelsea on 20 October and on 8 November, he scored a hat-trick in a 3–1 win against Slovenian club Maribor in the Europa League. In doing so, he overtook Teddy Sheringham on Tottenham's all-time goalscorers list.
    Defoe started by scoring on the opening day of the 2012–13 Premier League against Newcastle United in a 2–1 defeat.
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    On 7 June 2012, his father, Jimmy Defoe, died after a long battle with throat cancer.
    More Details Hide Details Defoe was with the England squad ahead of UEFA Euro 2012 at the time, and returned home from Poland upon receiving the news, but rejoined the squad on 9 June, two days before the opening match and played against France as a 77th-minute substitute. Tottenham Hotspur Individual
    Defoe's first goal of 2012 came in a 1–0 home win against West Brom, converting a Gareth Bale cross.
    More Details Hide Details He scored on the last day of the season against Fulham, the second in a 2–0 win. Defoe ended the season with 17 goals in 38 matches across all competitions; in the Premier League, he scored 11 in 25 appearances, of which only 11 were starts.
  • 2011
    Age 28
    Defoe started 2011–12 by scoring in a 5–0 win against Hearts in a UEFA Europa League play-off match on 18 August.
    More Details Hide Details His first Premier League goal of the season came in a 2–0 win at Wolves, scoring the second goal after exchanging passes with Niko Kranjčar.
  • 2010
    Age 27
    Defoe began Tottenham's 2010–11 FA Cup campaign with a brace of goals in the third round match at home to Charlton Athletic on 9 January 2011, with Spurs winning 3–0, but in the following round, they were defeated by Fulham.
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    On 26 December 2010, he received a straight red card, his first of the season and first since 17 October 2009, in a match at Aston Villa; his team leading at the time went on to secure the win despite playing over an hour with ten men.
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    He scored his third goal of the 2010–11 season with a long-range shot with his left foot against West Bromwich Albion.
    More Details Hide Details This was a triple landmark for Defoe, as it was his 100th Premier League goal as well as his 100th goal scored as a Tottenham player. In addition, it signified the 1,000th goal scored for Tottenham in the Premier League era. In pre-season, Defoe scored two goals, one coming in a 3–0 win against Orlando Pirates on 23 July, and the other in a 2–1 win against Athletic Bilbao at White Hart Lane on 6 August.
    In the 2010–11 Premier League, Defoe scored his first league goals of the season on 6 March 2011 against Wolverhampton Wanderers, getting the first two for Spurs in a 3–3 draw.
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  • 2009
    Age 26
    On 24 April 2009, his 26-year-old half-brother, Jade Defoe, a grime artist also known as Gavin or Esco Bar, died of head injuries following an assault in Leytonstone, London.
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    After the match, Harry Redknapp further asserted his belief that Defoe would go on to be the Premier League's top scorer in 2009–10.
    More Details Hide Details Redknapp later said that although Wayne Rooney is the best all round attacking player, Defoe is the best finisher in England and should be a regular for the England national team. On 3 February, Defoe claimed his third hat-trick of the season in an FA Cup fourth round replay against Leeds United at Elland Road, with Spurs winning 3–1. His rich vein of form continued on 21 February with another goal in the Premier League, against Wigan. Defoe's next goal was a penalty in Tottenham's win against Chelsea, which itself followed a famous 2–1 win over Arsenal. This took his tally to 24 goals for the season. On the downside, Defoe committed a significant number of handball offences during the season, being penalised for the offence on 19 occasions, nine more than any other player. Defoe played his part in Tottenham qualifying for the UEFA Champions League group stage, thanks to a controversial goal against Young Boys, where he applied his hand to take the ball with him in the first place. He was injured in September on duty with England, being out for two-and-a-half months, before making his comeback in Tottenham's victory against Arsenal in the North London derby. Defoe won a header which started the attack in which Gareth Bale scored to begin the comeback towards a 3–2 Spurs victory.
    Defoe scored five goals at White Hart Lane in a 9–1 thrashing of Wigan on 22 November 2009.
    More Details Hide Details This included the second-fastest hat-trick in Premier League history, which was scored in seven minutes. In doing so, Defoe became only the third player to score five goals in one Premier League match, after Alan Shearer and Andy Cole. Dimitar Berbatov and Sergio Agüero have subsequently equalled this feat.
    On 23 September 2009, Defoe scored a header during Tottenham's 5–1 win over Preston.
    More Details Hide Details Defoe scored a goal and was sent off during the match against his former club, Portsmouth.
    On 12 September 2009, Defoe scored after 38 seconds with an overhead kick against 2008–09 Premier League champions Manchester United in a match which ended in a 3–1 loss for Tottenham, taking his tally for the 2009–10 league season to five goals in five matches.
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    After a fine run of form which saw him score seven goals for club and country, Defoe was named Barclays Player of the Month for August 2009.
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    On 19 August 2009, Defoe scored the third hat-trick of his career in a 5–1 away victory over Hull City in the second match of the 2009–10 Premier League.
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    Defoe made his return debut on 11 January 2009 in a Premier League match against Wigan, scoring his first goal against former club Portsmouth at White Hart Lane on 18 January 2009.
    More Details Hide Details Tottenham went on to draw the match 1–1. He also scored his second goal in the League Cup semi-final second leg loss at Burnley, which helped Spurs book a place in the final via the away goals rule. He scored three goals in his first four matches before suffering an injury which meant that for the second time under Harry Redknapp's management at Portsmouth and Tottenham, Defoe would not go to Wembley Stadium and would miss out on a final. He returned for Spurs against Newcastle United on 19 April in which Tottenham won 1–0. He scored his first goal since his return from injury in a 2–1 win against Manchester City and helped his team secure eighth place in the league.
    The player had agreed to a five-year contract and was confirmed as a Tottenham player by his new club on 9 January 2009.
    More Details Hide Details Defoe was presented at White Hart Lane before the start of Spurs' League Cup clash against Burnley after Spurs fans made it clear they wanted the striker back at White Hart Lane.
    During January 2009, Portsmouth chairman Peter Storrie revealed Defoe's intentions to leave the club in the near future.
    More Details Hide Details This came after joining the club only in the same transfer window of the previous year. It was reported that Defoe's former club Tottenham made a formal approach for the striker, but no agreement was reached; Spurs manager Harry Redknapp described the clubs as "miles apart in their valuation of the player", suggesting that Portsmouth wanted "in excess of £20 million". After negotiations, Portsmouth accepted a bid from Tottenham thought to be around £15.75 million (including fees owed to Tottenham for the previous transfers of Younès Kaboul and Pedro Mendes and waiving a £4 million sell-on clause that had also been negotiated during his transfer from Spurs to Portsmouth) on 6 January 2009.
  • 2008
    Age 25
    Defoe continued to be selected and to appear for England in UEFA Euro 2008 qualifying matches and friendly matches.
    More Details Hide Details Defoe was initially omitted from Fabio Capello's first squad with the new manager insisting he would only select players who were playing regular club football. One day after scoring on his Portsmouth debut, Defoe was recalled to the England squad to replace the injured Gabriel Agbonlahor. Defoe took his international goals tally up to five in the Caribbean on 1 June 2008 when he scored twice against Trinidad and Tobago and in the process staking a claim for a more regular place in the international team. Defoe scored his first competitive international goal of 2008 with the final goal in England's 5–1 win over Kazakhstan on 11 October 2008 after coming on as a late substitute for Wayne Rooney. He also scored two goals in three minutes against Andorra in a 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifier. His 2009–10 season got off to the perfect start as he came from the bench to score both goals in the 2–2 draw against the Netherlands at the Amsterdam Arena on 12 August 2009 and was announced as man of the match.
    Defoe scored Portsmouth's first goal of 2008–09 on 30 August 2008 with the opener in a 3–0 win at Everton, and then scored their first home goals on 13 September with a brace against Middlesbrough.
    More Details Hide Details Five days later, he contributed a goal and an assist in Pompey's first ever major European match, a 2–0 UEFA Cup first round win over Vitória de Guimarães on 18 September.
  • 2007
    Age 24
    Defoe ended 2007–08 with eight goals in 12 appearances for Portsmouth.
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    Due to appearances in Tottenham's third and fourth round ties, Defoe found himself cup-tied for all the subsequent matches of Pompey's successful 2007–08 FA Cup campaign.
    More Details Hide Details This was particularly unfortunate as Defoe's transfer also resulted in him missing out on playing in Spurs' League Cup final victory over Chelsea despite appearing in every match en route to the final.
    On 25 November 2007, he missed a penalty against former club West Ham at the Boleyn Ground in added time which would have won the match for Spurs; the match finished 1–1.
    More Details Hide Details Defoe joined Portsmouth in January 2008 for £6 million. He scored the equalising goal on his debut, a 1–1 draw at home to Chelsea. In March 2008, he was unable to play against Tottenham as the Premier League ruled that he was ineligible to do so as he was initially signed on loan in January 2008. In Portsmouth's match against Wigan Athletic the following week, he scored twice and in doing so became the first ever Portsmouth player to score in his first five home matches.
    On 20 September 2007, Defoe came on as a substitute against Anorthosis to score twice in a 6–1 win, his first goals of the season.
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    During the summer of 2007, there was speculation about Defoe's future at Tottenham following the arrival of Darren Bent for a fee of £16.5 million.
    More Details Hide Details Defoe, however, insisted that he would stay at Tottenham and fight for his place, saying, "I'm really excited about the new season and the prospect of another campaign in Europe. We have made some good signings and are now stronger and better equipped to compete in all competitions."
  • 2006
    Age 23
    Defoe scored his 50th goal for Tottenham in the 2–1 win over Aston Villa on Boxing Day in December 2006, in which he scored both goals, and scored in Tottenham's 2–0 win over Charlton in May 2007, which condemned his former club to relegation to the Championship.
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    He appeared to bite West Ham player Javier Mascherano on the shoulder during Tottenham's 1–0 win over West Ham in October 2006, sparking a melee between players of both teams.
    More Details Hide Details The FA declined to take action against Defoe as the referee, Steve Bennett, had booked Defoe for the incident.
    Defoe made 49 league and cup appearances for Tottenham, scoring 18 goals, during 2006–07 as Tottenham competed in the UEFA Cup as well as the domestic competitions.
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    Steve McClaren, who took over as England manager after the FIFA World Cup, selected Defoe for England in his first match, a friendly against Greece in August 2006.
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  • 2005
    Age 22
    Despite speculation linking him with other clubs, Defoe signed a new four-and-a-half-year contract with Tottenham in April 2005.
    More Details Hide Details The following season was not as profitable for Defoe and Spurs manager Martin Jol used Defoe in rotation with Robbie Keane and Mido providing the competition for a starting position. Defoe started 23 times and came on as substitute 13 times, scoring nine goals.
  • 2004
    Age 21
    He was not however selected for the England squad to take part in UEFA Euro 2004.
    More Details Hide Details He made his first start for England in a 2006 FIFA World Cup qualifying match against Poland in September 2004, scoring in a 2–1 win. Eriksson again paid tribute to Defoe, saying, "Jermain is a great talent. It couldn't have been much better for him. He did very well. He scored one goal and created other chances as well. He is a great player who will always score goals." Despite appearing regularly for England in FIFA World Cup qualifying matches and friendly matches, Defoe was not named in the provisional England squad for the 2006 FIFA World Cup in Germany and named only on a five-man standby list. He joined the squad for training in Germany, but returned to England when Wayne Rooney was cleared to play after having suffered a foot injury in April. He confessed that he was baffled by his omission, saying, "I've been involved in every squad for the last two years and feel I've played a part in helping us to qualify. I have never felt fitter and sharper than I was in training and believe I could have scored goals in the tournament. It's a strange decision and everybody I speak to thinks so as well." Eriksson explained why Defoe was not selected for the England squad: "Jermain had a very bad season. I don't think he deserved to go to the World Cup."
    Defoe debuted for the senior England team in a 1–0 defeat to Sweden in March 2004, coming on as an early substitute for the injured Darius Vassell.
    More Details Hide Details England manager Sven-Göran Eriksson singled out Defoe's display for praise in an otherwise poor performance by England, saying, "Jermain Defoe did very well – I liked what I saw. He showed that he can do very well even in international football and that he is technically very good. Jermain is quick and he knows where the goal is."
    He also received the club's Player of the Year award for the 2004 calendar year, as voted by season ticket holders and Spurs members.
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    He then scored 13 goals in 36 matches in the Premier League, including a hat-trick in a 5–1 win over Southampton in December 2004, and nine goals in eight matches in the FA Cup and League Cup, in 2004–05.
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    Defoe marked his arrival at Tottenham with a goal on his debut in the 4–3 home win over Portsmouth in February 2004 and added a further six in the remainder of 2003–04, scoring seven goals in 15 matches.
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    Defoe joined Tottenham in February 2004 for an initial fee of £6 million, rising to £7 million depending on "specific performance criteria", and with Bobby Zamora joining West Ham.
    More Details Hide Details Manager David Pleat said, "I can't think of a British striker at his age who has achieved as much in such a short space of time. His goal record for a 21-year-old is quite exceptional. I hope he will have a fine career at Tottenham."
    Defoe made his England debut in 2004 and has made 55 appearances, scoring 19 goals, including three appearances and a goal at the 2010 FIFA World Cup.
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  • 2003
    Age 20
    Defoe began 2003–04 with West Ham but a refusal to sign a new contract and disciplinary problems, including three sendings off, which saw him play only 22 matches out of a possible 34, led to West Ham accepting an offer from Tottenham Hotspur for him in the January transfer window.
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  • 2002
    Age 19
    He scored a further 11 goals in 42 league and cup appearances in 2002–03 but was unable to prevent West Ham from being relegated.
    More Details Hide Details Less than 24 hours after the club had been relegated, Defoe made a written request for a transfer, saying, "As much as I love West Ham United I feel that now is the right time for me to move on in my career. This is very much a career decision. I am very ambitious and hungry to achieve at the highest levels of the game for both club and country." The timing of his request, however, drew criticism from both fans and teammates and was turned down by the club. He later apologised to supporters, saying, "I mishandled that move and I can only apologise. I'm young and I've learned from it. I still played my hardest for West Ham and gave them 100% and want to thank the fans for their support."
  • 2001
    Age 18
    Defoe finished as West Ham's top scorer in the 2001–02 season despite being used primarily as a substitute by manager Glenn Roeder, scoring 14 goals in 39 league and cup appearances, including the only goal in a 1–0 away win against Manchester United in December 2001, as West Ham finished seventh in the Premier League.
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  • 2000
    Age 17
    Defoe's form for Bournemouth in the 2000–01 season saw him selected for the England under-21 team to play Mexico in May 2001, and he marked his debut with the second goal as England U21s won 3–0.
    More Details Hide Details He went on to gain 23 caps for England at under-21 level, scoring seven goals.
    He made his first-team debut for West Ham in 2000, and after a season-long loan spell at Bournemouth during the 2000–01 season, established himself in the West Ham line-up.
    More Details Hide Details After West Ham's relegation in 2003, a move to Tottenham in January 2004 soon followed, where Defoe played for 4 years before being sold to Portsmouth in January 2008. He spent one season at Fratton Park before returning to Tottenham in the January 2009 transfer window. He played for Toronto FC of Major League Soccer in 2014, before returning to England in January 2015 to sign for Sunderland. In April 2011, Defoe became the 20th player to score a century of Premier League goals, and is currently the 11th highest goalscorer in Premier League history. He became the fifth highest goalscorer in Tottenham's history in September 2013, and the club's highest goalscorer in European competitions in November 2013. Defoe also holds the Premier League record for the most goals scored as a substitute, with 22, as of 11 January 2014.
  • 1999
    Age 16
    At West Ham, he was a member of the Under-19 team that won the Premier Academy League title in 1999–2000, scoring twice against Arsenal in the play-off final, and made his first-team debut in a League Cup match against Walsall in September 2000, scoring the only goal in a 1–0 win.
    More Details Hide Details The following season, he joined Second Division club Bournemouth on a near season-long loan, where he scored in ten consecutive matches, equalling John Aldridge's and Clarrie Jordan's post-war record. He scored 18 goals in 29 league appearances for Bournemouth. West Ham manager Harry Redknapp tipped him for stardom, saying, "He's done great. I sent him out to Bournemouth to get some experience playing league football and he's coped marvellously. To score 10 goals in 10 games is a terrific achievement. He's a bright lad who's full of confidence. Nothing knocks him, he's a typical goal-scorer. If he misses, he'll be there the next time looking for a goal. He's a kid with a big future."
  • 1997
    Age 14
    Defoe was spotted playing football by Charlton Athletic who enrolled him at the FA National School of Excellence at Lilleshall Hall in 1997.
    More Details Hide Details Two years later, he took the controversial decision, aged 16, to turn professional with West Ham United, following which Charlton were subsequently awarded a compensation package rising to £1.4 million depending on Premier League and international appearances.
    Born in Beckton, London, Defoe attended St Joachim Primary School in Custom House, London and St Bonaventure's in Forest Gate, London. He joined the Sunday league team Senrab, well known in London for producing players such as Lee Bowyer, John Terry, Ashley Cole and Ledley King, and then joined the FA National School of Excellence at Lilleshall, Shropshire, as a 14-year-old in 1997.
    More Details Hide Details While he was there he attended Idsall School.
  • 1982
    Born on October 7, 1982.
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