About Jermain Defoe
Jermain Defoe was born on 7 October 1982 in London, England. He plays as a striker for Sunderland and has over 50 caps for the England national team.
Defoe began his youth career with Charlton Athletic in 1997 before turning professional with West Ham in 1999 at the age of 16. He was a member of West Ham’s U19 side to win the Premier Academy League title in 2000.
Defoe made his professional debut in September 2000, scoring the winner in a League Cup match again Walsall. He went on to join Second Division side Bournemouth for the remainder of the season, scoring 18 goals in 28 league games for the club. The following season Defoe returned to West Ham and scored 10 Premier League goals. Following West Ham’s Premier League relegation in 2003, Defoe handed in a transfer request which was subsequently rejected. Defoe left the club midway through the following season, having already received three red cards with West Ham during the campaign. He ended his West Ham career with 41 goals in 105 appearances.
In January 2004, Tottenham Hotspur signed Defoe for a fee of £6 million. He made his debut in February 2004, scoring in a 4-3 win over Portsmouth. He ended his first season with the club with 7 goals in 5 appearances.
Midway through the 2007-08 season, Defoe was loaned out to Portsmouth, where he also spent part of following campaign. He scored 17 goals in 36 appearances for Pompey before returning to Spurs. On 22 November 2009, Defoe scored five goals in Tottenham’s 9-1 thrashing of Wigan Athletic, which included the second fasted Premier League hat-trick. Defoe scored 137 goals for Spurs before leaving the club in 2014.
Defoe joined MLS side Toronto FC in 2014, where he scored 12 goals in 21 games. He returned to the Premier League with Sunderland midway through the 2014-15 season and signed for the club permanently ahead of the 2015-16 season.
Defoe made his England debut in March 2004 in a 1-0 loss to Sweden. He has scored 19 goals for the Three Lions and was named in England’s squads for the 2010 World Cup and Euro 2012.