Jermain Defoe, the former Sunderland’s England, Tottenham, West Ham, and Rangers striker has hung up his boots from professional football. The 39-year-old re-joined the Black Cats in February, registered 304 goals out of his 762 matches in his overall club career, and has also added 20 goals in 57 England appearances. Defoe also spent time at Bournemouth, Portsmouth as well as Major Soccer League club Toronto in his 22-year long career.
Jermain Defoe in this regard
Jermain Defoe said in a statement that it has been a really tough decision for him. He also said that he made his professional career debut when he was 17, in 1999, and now he feels that, it is the right time to bow out. The Diminutive forward netted a total of 162 goals in the English Premier League and is the ninth highest scorer in the history of the English top-tier football league.
Jermain Defoe also added that football will always remain in his blood and it gives him great pride as well as a satisfaction to look back on that blessed career he had. At present, he looks forward to spending some quality time with his friends and family.
Paying tribute to supporters and teammates
The Englishman also paid tribute to his supporters as well as his teammates, staff along coaches of all the teams that he played for, before saying a special thank you to his mother. Lastly, he said that he wants to say thank you to his mother, and he stated that she gave him a ball when he was 2 years old, and she made him believe his dream could really happen in reality. In the end, he said that everything he is now, is because of his mother and he owes everything to her and God.
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