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Premiership Player Profile – Jermain Defoe

Following Monday’s profile of Matt Jarvis, Wednesday’s Premiership Player Profile returns with the focus on Tottenham Hotspur striker and England World Cup candidate, Jermain Defoe.

Jermain Defoe is a 27 year old striker currently in his second spell at Tottenham Hotspur.
Defoe had started his career at West Ham United where he established himself as a goalscorer when he was sent out on loan to Second Division side Bournemouth in which he scored 19 goals in 30 games for the club.
However, after several seasons at the club, amassing 41 goals in 105 appearances, Defoe rejected a new contract which sparked an interest from Tottenham Hotspur, later leading to the club having an offer accepted by the Hammers.
Defoe joined Spurs and featured 15 times for the club in his first season, scoring 7 in the process.

Defoe signed for Spurs from West Ham in 2004.

The following season, Defoe had finished the season with a brilliant return of 22 goals in 44 club games for Tottenham.
The following seasons saw Defoe continue his scoring form until the arrival of Darren Bent for £16.5 million in 2007  questioned Defoe’s future at Spurs. Defoe vowed to fight for a place in the Spurs team but in January 2008, he joined Portsmouth for a fee of £6 million.
In his first half season at the club, Defoe finished on 8 goals in 12 appearances, again proving his goalscoring form.
However, a year after he had departed White Hart Lane for Fratton Park, Portsmouth revealed that the striker had intentions to leave the club in the future. During the January transfer window, Defoe re-signed for Spurs.

Defoe is currently in his second spell at White Hart Lane.

In the current 2009/2010 season, Defoe has been impressive form for the club with 17 goals in the League and totalling 23 in all competitions.
This season has come at the right time for Defoe as the World Cup approaches, all England strikers are desperate to show England Coach Fabio Capello the best they possibly can.
His performances this season have shown exactly why Defoe is a strong choice to go on the plane to South Africa, as his goalscoring record speaks for itself.
Also with Defoe, his pace and eye for goal would be a vital part of any team and to add that to the talent of Wayne Rooney, Peter Crouch and other England strikers is certainly a boost for England’s hope of World Cup victory.
To this current day, Defoe has featured 39 times for his country, scoring 11 goals along the way.

Defoe has been in impressive form for Spurs this season.

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