Jermain Defoe

Jermain Defoe

English footballer
Date of Birth: 07.10.1982
Country: Great Britain

  1. Jermain Defoe - English Footballer
  2. Early Life and Career
  3. Club Career
  4. International Career
  5. Personal Life

Jermain Defoe - English Footballer

Jermain Defoe is an English footballer who plays as a forward for the Tottenham Hotspur in the English Premier League and the English national team. He was born on October 7, 1982, in London. Defoe's mother is from Saint Lucia, and his father is from the Dominican Republic.

Jermain Defoe

Early Life and Career

Defoe attended St Joachim Primary School and St Bonaventure's Catholic Comprehensive School. He started playing football for the Senrab team and later joined the FA National School of Excellence in Shropshire at the age of fourteen. During this period, he also studied at Idsall School.

Jermain Defoe

At the age of sixteen, Defoe transferred from Charlton Athletic to West Ham United, where he quickly established himself in the first team. He made his professional debut for West Ham in 2000. In the following season, he had a loan spell at Bournemouth in the second division, where he scored goals in ten consecutive games, matching a post-war record set by John Aldridge.

Jermain Defoe

Club Career

In January 2004, Defoe joined Tottenham Hotspur. He had a successful start with the club, winning the Club Player of the Year award in his first season. Defoe signed a new contract with Tottenham in April 2005 and continued to contribute to the team's success. However, in 2007, his position in the club was threatened when Darren Bent was signed for a record fee. Defoe expressed his desire to stay and fight for his place, but in January 2008, he moved to Portsmouth for £6 million.

Jermain Defoe

Defoe returned to Tottenham in January 2009 and signed a new five-year contract. He had several standout performances, including a hat-trick against Wigan Athletic, making him the third player to achieve this feat in the Premier League. Throughout his career, Defoe has been known for his goal-scoring ability and has consistently been a key player for Tottenham.

International Career

Defoe made his debut for the English national team in March 2004 in a match against Sweden. He has since represented England in various international competitions, including the 2010 FIFA World Cup. Defoe scored the only goal in a crucial match against Slovenia, helping England advance to the round of 16. In total, he has played 49 games for England and scored 15 goals.

Personal Life

Defoe is a Christian and has faced personal tragedies throughout his life. In April 2009, his half-brother, Jade 'Gavin' Defoe, a prominent grime artist, died after a head injury sustained in an attack in Leytonstone, London. In June 2012, his father passed away while Defoe was participating in the Euro 2012 tournament with the English national team. He returned to the UK upon hearing the news and planned to rejoin the team before their match against France.