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Jermain Defoe

Defoe is widely considered as one of the most clinical finishers in the England, with an exceptional scoring rate, especially in cup competitions, scoring 38 goals in 59 games.

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Jermain Defoe biography

Defoe is widely considered as one of the most clinical finishers in the England, with an exceptional scoring rate, especially in cup competitions, scoring 38 goals in 59 games.

Early life

Born in London, to a Saint Lucian British mother and Dominican father, Defoe attended St Joachim Primary School in Custom House, London and St Bonaventure's Catholic Comprehensive School in Forest Gate, London. Jermain Defoe joined the Sunday league team Senrab F.C., well known in London for producing players such as Lee Bowyer, John Terry, Ashley Cole and Ledley King,

The following season, Jermain Defoe joined Football League Second Division club A.F.C. Bournemouth on a near season-long loan, where Jermain Defoe scored in ten consecutive games, equalling John Aldridge's post-war record. Jermain Defoe scored 18 goals in 29 league appearances for Bournemouth. West Ham manager Harry Redknapp tipped Jermain Defoe for stardom, saying, "He's done great. I sent Jermain Defoe 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 Jermain Defoe misses, he'll be there the next time looking for a goal. He's a kid with a big future." Due to Jermain Defoe goalscoring heroics, Defoe was one of the first players to appear on AFC Bournemouth's Wall of Fame which opened in September 2011.

Defoe finished as the West Ham's top scorer in the 2001–02 season despite being used primarily as a substitute by manager Glenn Roeder, Jermain Defoe scored a further 11 goals in 42 league and cup appearances in the 2002–03 season but was unable to prevent West Ham from being relegated.

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 Jermain Defoe request however drew criticism from both fans and team-mates and was turned down by the club. Jermain Defoe 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."

Defoe began the 2003–04 season with West Ham but a refusal to sign a new contract and disciplinary problems, including three sending offs, which saw Jermain Defoe play only 22 games out of a possible 34, led to West Ham accepting an offer from Tottenham Hotspur F.C. for Jermain Defoe in the January transfer window. Defoe had scored 41 goals in 105 league and cup appearances for West Ham. Defoe marked Jermain Defoe arrival at Tottenham with a goal on Jermain Defoe debut in the 4–3 home win over Portsmouth F.C. in February 2004 and added a further six in the remainder of the FA Premier League 2003-04 season, scoring seven goals in 15 matches. and nine goals in eight games in the FA Cup and Football League Cup, in the FA Premier League 2004-05 season. The following season was not as profitable for Defoe and Spurs manager Martin Jol used Defoe in rotation with Robbie Keane and Mido (footballer) providing the competition for a starting position; Defoe started 23 times and came on as substitute 13 times, scoring nine goals. The FA declined to take action against Defoe as the referee, Steve Bennett (referee), had booked Defoe for the incident. Jermain Defoe scored Jermain Defoe 50th goal for Tottenham in the 2–1 win over Aston Villa F.C. on Boxing Day in December 2006, in which Jermain Defoe scored both goals, and scored in Tottenham's 2–0 win over Charlton in May 2007, which condemned Jermain Defoe former club to relegation to the Football League Championship. Defoe later offered Jermain Defoe sympathy for Charlton and expressed Jermain Defoe wishes for them to bounce straight back to the Premiership the following season, in a post-match interview. 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. Defoe however insisted that Jermain Defoe would stay at Tottenham and fight for Jermain Defoe 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."

On 20 September, Defoe came on as a substitute against Famagusta and scored twice, scoring Jermain Defoe first goals of the season. Jermain Defoe was then axed from the squad in the next league game against Bolton Wanderers F.C. on 23 September. On 25 November 2007 Jermain Defoe missed a crucial penalty against former club West Ham United at the Boleyn Ground in the final minute of the game which would have won the game for Spurs. As a result, the game finished 1–1.


Defoe joined Portsmouth F.C. in January 2008 for £6 million. Jermain Defoe scored the equalising goal on Jermain Defoe debut, a 1–1 draw at home to Chelsea F.C.. In March 2008, Jermain Defoe was unable to play against Tottenham as the Premier League ruled that Jermain Defoe was ineligible to do so as Jermain Defoe was initially signed on loan in January 2008. In Portsmouth's game against Wigan Athletic F.C. the following week, Jermain Defoe scored twice and in doing so became the first ever Portsmouth player to score in Jermain Defoe first five home games. 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 FA Cup 2007-08 campaign. This was particularly unfortunate as Defoe's transfer also resulted in Jermain Defoe missing out on playing in Spurs' 2008 Football League Cup Final victory over Chelsea despite appearing in every match en route to the final. Defoe ended the 2007-08 in English football with eight goals in twelve appearances for Portsmouth.

Defoe scored Portsmouth's first goal of the 2008-09 in English football on 30 August 2008 with the opener in a 3–0 win at Everton F.C. and then scored their first home goals on 13 September, with a brace against Middlesbrough F.C.. Five days later, Jermain Defoe contributed a goal and an assist in Pompeys first ever major European match Portsmouth's 2–0 UEFA Europa League 2008–09 UEFA Cup first round win over Vitória S.C. on 18 September.

Return to Tottenham

2008–09 season

During January 2009, Portsmouth chairman Peter Storrie revealed Jermain Defoe's intentions to leave the club in the near future. 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 Hotspur 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 Younes Kaboul and Pedro Mendes and waiving a £4m sell-on clause that had also been negotiated during Jermain Defoe transfer from Spurs to Portsmouth) on 6 January 2009. The player had agreed to a five-year deal at an estimated £60,000 a week. Defoe was confirmed as a Tottenham player by Jermain Defoe new club on 9 January 2009. Defoe was presented at White Hart Lane before the start of Spurs' Football League Cup 2008–09 clash against Burnley F.C., after Spurs fans made it clear they wanted the striker back at White Hart Lane.

Jermain Defoe made Jermain Defoe return debut on 11 January 2009 in a Premier League game against Wigan Athletic F.C., scoring Jermain Defoe first goal against former club Portsmouth at White Hart Lane on 18 January 2009. Tottenham went on to draw the match 1–1. Jermain Defoe also scored Jermain Defoe second goal in the Carling Cup semi-final second leg loss at Burnley, which helped Spurs book a place in the final via the away goals rule. Jermain Defoe scored 3 goals in Jermain Defoe first 4 games before getting an injury which meant that for the second time under Harry Redknapp's management at Portsmouth and Tottenham, Defoe would not go to Wembley and would miss out on a final. Jermain Defoe returned for Spurs against Newcastle on 19 April in which Tottenham won the game 1–0. Jermain Defoe scored Jermain Defoe first goal since Jermain Defoe return from injury in a 2–1 win against Manchester City and helped Jermain Defoe team secure 8th place in the league.

2009–10 season

Defoe received the number 18 shirt after the loan spell of former Manchester United player Fraizer Campbell had ended, the same kit number that Jermain Defoe wore during Jermain Defoe first spell with Tottenham Hotspur.

On 19 August 2009, Defoe scored the 3rd hat-trick of Jermain Defoe career in a 5–1 away victory over Hull City A.F.C. in the second game of the 2009/10 season. Following the match, Jermain Defoe manager Harry Redknapp stated Jermain Defoe high opinion of Defoe, "with Ronaldo gone, Jermain Defoe can push to be the (Premier League) top scorer". After a fine run of form which saw Jermain Defoe score 7 goals for club and country, Defoe was named Premier League Player of the Month for Premier League Player of the Month 2009–10. On 12 September 2009, Defoe scored after 38 seconds with an overhead kick against 2008–09 Premier League champions Manchester United F.C. in a match which ended in a 3–1 loss for Tottenham, taking Jermain Defoe tally for the 2009–10 Premier League to 5 goals in 5 games. On 23 September 2009, Defoe scored a header during Tottenham's 5–1 win over Preston North End F.C.. Defoe scored a goal and was sent off during the match against Jermain Defoe former club, Portsmouth F.C..

Defoe scored five goals at White Hart Lane in a 9–1 thrashing of Wigan Athletic F.C. on 22 November 2009. 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 Andrew Cole. Dimitar Berbatov has subsequently managed to equal this feat. After the game, Harry Redknapp further asserted Jermain Defoe belief that Defoe would go on to be the Premier League's top scorer in 2009–10 Premier League,. Redknapp later said that Rooney is the best all round attacking player but Defoe is the best finisher in England and should be a regular for England. On 19 December 2009, Jermain Defoe started alongside Peter Crouch against Blackburn Rovers at Ewood Park in a 2–0 victory but was replaced by Robbie Keane on 67 minutes. On February 3, Defoe claimed Jermain Defoe third hat-trick of the season in an FA Cup fourth round replay against Leeds United at Elland Road with Spurs winning 3–1. Jermain Defoe rich vein of form continued on February 21, with another goal in the Premier League, against Wigan. Jermain Defoe most recent goal was a penalty in their win against Chelsea, which was the second London club they beat in just 4 days, after a famous 2–1 win over Arsenal. This took Jermain Defoe tally to 24 goals for the season. Defoe committed a significant number of handball offences during the season, being penalised for the offence on nineteen occasions some nine more than any other player.

2010–11 season

Defoe played Jermain Defoe part in Tottenham qualifying for the 2010-11 UEFA Champions League group stage, thanks to a controversial goal against BSC Young Boys, where Jermain Defoe applied Jermain Defoe hand to take the ball with Jermain Defoe in the first place. Jermain Defoe was injured in September on duty with the national team, being out for two and a half months, before making Jermain Defoe comeback in Tottenham's victory against Arsenal F.C. in the North London derby. Defoe won a header, which started the attack in which Gareth Bale scored to begin the comeback in which Spurs won 3–2. Jermain Defoe then scored two goals in a Champions' League away match with Twente on 7 December.

On 26 December 2010, Jermain Defoe received a straight red card, Jermain Defoe first of the season and first since 17 October 2009, in a match at Aston Villa; Jermain Defoe team leading at the time went on to secure the win despite playing over an hour of the match with ten men.
Defoe began Tottenham's F A Cup campaign with a crisply-taken brace of goals in the Third Round match at home to Charlton Athletic F.C. on 9 January 2011, Spurs winning 3–0, but in the following round they were defeated at Fulham.

In the Premier League, goals were proving harder to come by for Defoe: by the end of February 2011, Jermain Defoe was still awaiting Jermain Defoe first of the 2010–11 season. Jermain Defoe finally got Jermain Defoe first league goals of the season on 6 March 2011, against Wolverhampton Wanderers, getting the first two goals for Spurs in a 3–3 draw. Jermain Defoe scored Jermain Defoe third goal of the 2010–11 season with a longshot with Jermain Defoe left foot against West Bromwich. This was a triple landmark for Defoe as it was Jermain Defoe 100th Premier League goal as well as Jermain Defoe 100th goal scored as a Tottenham player. In addition, it signified the 1000th goal scored for Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League era.

2011–12 season

In pre-season Defoe scored two goals, one coming in a 3-0 win against Orlando Pirates FC on 23 July, and the other in a 2-1 win against Athletic Bilbao at White Hart Lane on 6 August. Defoe started the season by scoring in a 5-0 win against Heart of Midlothian F.C. in a Europa League play-offs game on 18 August. Jermain Defoe first Premier League goal of the season came on in a 2–0 win at Wolverhampton Wanderers F.C., scoring the second goal after exchanging passes with Niko Kranjcar. Jermain Defoe next goal came in the Europa League group stage game at home to Shamrock Rovers F.C.. Jermain Defoe first goal in October came on the 16th away to Newcastle United F.C., scoring Tottenham's second in a 2-2 draw. On 6 November Jermain Defoe scored Jermain Defoe third Premier League goal of the season in a 3-1 win against Fulham F.C. at Craven Cottage. Jermain Defoe then scored in two consecutive matches against West Bromwich Albion F.C. and Bolton Wanderers F.C.. On 15 December Jermain Defoe scored again in the Europa League in a 4-0 win against Shamrock Rovers F.C. at Tallaght Stadium. Jermain Defoe first goal of 2012 came in a 1-0 home win against West Bromwich Albion F.C. converting a Gareth Bale cross. Jermain Defoe scored again in the next game this time in a 3-0 FA Cup win at home to Cheltenham Town F.C... Jermain Defoe 113th goal for Spurs came in a 3-2 loss to Manchester City on 22 January at the Etihad Stadium. Jermain Defoe scored as a substitute against Manchester united in a 3-1 loss on 4 March.

International career

Defoe's form for Bournemouth in the 2000–01 season saw Jermain Defoe selected for the England U21s team to play Mexico U21s in May 2001, and Jermain Defoe marked Jermain Defoe debut with the second goal as England U21s won 3–0. Jermain Defoe went on to gain 23 caps for England U21s, scoring seven goals. Defoe made Jermain Defoe debut for the senior England national football team team in a 1–0 defeat to Sweden national football team in March 2004, coming on as an early substitute for the injured Darius Vassell. 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. Jermain Defoe showed that Jermain Defoe can do very well even in international football and that Jermain Defoe is technically very good. Jermain is quick and Jermain Defoe knows where the goal is, so I liked Jermain Defoe very much." Jermain Defoe was not however selected for the England squad to take part in Euro 2004. Jermain Defoe made Jermain Defoe first start for England in a World Cup qualifying match against Poland national football team in September 2004, scoring in a 2–1 win. As Jermain Defoe did six months earlier, Eriksson paid tribute to Defoe, saying, ""Jermain is a great talent. It couldn't have been much better for him. Jermain Defoe did very well. Jermain Defoe scored one goal and created other chances as well. Jermain Defoe is a great player who will always score goals."

Despite appearing regularly for England in World Cup qualifying games 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. Jermain Defoe 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. Jermain Defoe confessed that Jermain Defoe was baffled by Jermain Defoe omission, saying, "I don't know why I'm not out there. 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 said after the tournament that Jermain Defoe did not think that Defoe would have been a better option than 17 year old Theo Walcott, who had been selected for the England squad, adding, "If I had thought so I would have picked him. I've seen Jermain Defoe 15 or 20 times this season and I have to take the best players who I think will be good for us in the future." Jermain Defoe made a further explanation a few months later, saying, "Jermain had a very bad season. I don't think Jermain Defoe deserved to go to the World Cup. Taking Theo was the right decision."

Steve McClaren, who took over as England manager after the World Cup, selected Defoe for England in Jermain Defoe first match, a friendly against Greece in August 2006. Defoe continued to be selected and to appear for England in Euro 2008 qualifying games and friendly matches.
Defoe took Jermain Defoe international goals tally up to five in the Caribbean on 1 June 2008 when Jermain Defoe scored twice against Trinidad and Tobago and in the process staking a claim for a more regular place in the international team.

Defoe scored Jermain Defoe 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 sub for Wayne Rooney. Jermain Defoe also scored two goals in three minutes against Andorra national football team in a 2009 World Cup qualifier.

Jermain Defoe 2009–10 season got off to the perfect start as Jermain Defoe came from the bench to score both goals in the 2–2 draw against Netherlands national football team at the Amsterdam Arena on 12 August 2009 and was announced as man of the match.

On 23 June 2010, Jermain Defoe scored the only goal in England's third group stage match against Slovenia national football team in the 2010 World Cup. This goal gave England the win they needed to progress into the Round of 16.

Jermain Defoe then opened up the scoring for England's Euro 2012 qualifying campaign against Bulgaria National Football Team, volleying home from the 6 yard box after a cross from Ashley Cole, whose initial effort was saved by the Bulgarian goalkeeper Nikolay Mihaylov. Defoe went on to score Jermain Defoe first international hat-trick which was the first hat-trick at the new Wembley. Defoe was called up to the England Squad to face Wales National Football Team on March 26, 2011. Jermain Defoe was an unused substitute.

Remarkably, Defoe has not played for the full 90 minutes in any of Jermain Defoe 45 international appearances. Jermain Defoe has 28 appearances as a substitute, which is a record number for an England player, and has himself been substituted in all of Jermain Defoe 17 starts.

International goals



- Premier League Player of the Month (August 2009)
- Tottenham Hotspur Football Club 'Moment Of The Year': 2009–10 (
for Jermain Defoe 5 goals vs Wigan Athletic.)


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