DEFOE: BOURNEMOUTH STAYING UP

Jermain Defoe has reiterated his belief that there is no chance Bournemouth will lose their Premier League status at the end of the season.


He says the club are too good to suffer relegation this season, despite a slow start to their Premier League campaign.

Bournemouth have lost all three of their opening league matches but Defoe, who was relegated with Sunderland last season, is not worried just yet.

Raheem Sterling scored a dramatic winner at the Vitality Stadium last time out to deny Bournemouth their first point this term following defeats to West Brom and Watford in their first two Premier League matches.

Bottom-of-the-league West Ham and Crystal Palace are the only other sides who have failed to pick up a single point since the beginning of the season but Defoe insists Bournemouth have the quality to avoid being involved in a relegation battle.

“It’s not going to happen, 100 per cent it’s not going to happen, not with how it is there,” said Defoe, when questioned on the possibility of relegation.

“It’s such a long season. It’s so early to call but from what I’ve seen since I have been there we’ll be fine.” (more…)

JERMAIN DEFOE DRAGGED INTO MESSY LOVE TRIANGLE

Bournemouth new player Jermain Defoe has been dragged into a messy love triangle ahead of the start of the new season.


Heart FM radio presenter Ben Weston claimed that the England international cheated with his sales rep wife and caused him to split with her.

Weston claims Defoe slept with his woman after visiting her bathroom showroom. Defoe is reportedly horrified about being dragged into all of this before the new season resumes. Defoe met the woman at her showroom last year and she showed off pictures of her enjoying a football game which the player reportedly got her. The couple ended their union this year and this might just be a get-back-at-her episode but Defoe is angry at the link nonetheless.

Defoe was also in somewhat similar mess last year. Rachel Calvert left her Newcastle United-supporting hubby Tony for Defoe last year. The 24-year old left her dockworker husband who she was married to for two years to move in with the former Sunderland man. (more…)

CRAIG GORDON OUT TO BREAK ENGLAND HEARTS

Craig Gordon seems still upset by the rough challenge he received from then Spurs striker Jermain Defoe when they clashed at White Hart Lane late 2009.


The No. 1 keeper then for Sunderland says he would not forget that day as they lost 2-0 and the striker broke his arm.

The Celtic goalie said he remembers the late challenge that altered the course of his life. He is the man in goal when England play Scotland at Hampden at the World Cup qualifiers. He says that he hopes to keep a clean shirt and leave the Bournemouth new signing hurting this time.

“Of course I know Defoe well. He broke my arm at White Hart Lane so you could definitely say there’s history there. No, I wasn’t pleased with the challenger. I went out to dive at his feet, he kicked my arm – and broke it,” the keeper said.

Gordon added that he still had “the metal work” in there as he had to undergo three operations to fix the issues. He complained that it still hurts him every now and then. He said after the game Defoe tried reaching out but he was not interested. (more…)

MOYES HOPES DEFOE WOULD REPLICATE FORM FOR CLUB

Relegation-threatened Premier League side Sunderland are struggling to finish the current campaign on a high after posting one too many poor results.


Coach David Moyes says Three Lions striker Jermaine Defoe has found his rhythm while on international duty and that he would be crucial as the club fight relegation.

Moyes is confident that the Black Cats can still survive after all that has happened. And he knows that Defoe would play a crucial role.

Defoe was drafted to the team that played Lithuania during the international window. He broke his three-year hiatus in the international scene by netting his 20th for England.

Moyes is happy that the striker scored as the 34-year old had gone four games in the league without a goal. He grabbed a brace in the 4-0 stunning victory over Crystal Palace in early February, offering hope to the team but the goals soon dried up.

“I thought yesterday in training, as a lot of players do when they come back from international football, he’d come back with a bit of spring in his step, that bit of brightness about him. Especially when you’ve played for England and scored a goal, so hopefully we can turn that into goals for Sunderland,” the former Manchester United coach said.

He asked that the rest of the players work hard at creating chances and scoring goals like they always talk about during trainings. He praised the effort of the team not to concede goals. He said the Burnley match was one that they did that even though they lost their chances. Fabio Borini, Adnan Januzaj, Seb Larsson and Billy Jones had chances but they all failed to convert them.

With less than two months left in the league, Sunderland would need to win lots of games to escape the bottom three.

CROUCH HOPES FOR GREAT PARTNERSHIP WITH BERAHINO

Stoke City forward Peter Crouch has said that he is hoping that he combines well with new signing of the club Saido Berahino.


The striker was acquired from West Bromich Albion for £15 million and is set to anchor the attack at City. However Crouch has said that his position in the team is not threatened but that he expects a strong partnership with the new man like his partnership with Jermain Defoe.

The 6ft7in player pointed to his combination with Defoe at Tottenham and Portsmouth as an example that he could link up perfectly with another striker.

“I had a fantastic relationship with Jermain and it would be great to try and get that kind of partnership going with Saido,” the former Three Lions star said.

Crouch has been decent of late, scoring three times in six games upon his return to the first team. The player says he would not give up his slot without a fight but that he could fit perfectly with the incoming player.

When diminutive Defoe combined with the very tall Crouch they netted 72 times within three years in a productive partnership.

“Hopefully with him coming in we can work together rather than replacing each other. I know I will be a threat if I continue to play. I’m loving every minute of playing at the moment and long may that continue,” the former Liverpool player added.

Many have rumoured that Crouch may not receive a new deal of could even get booted out if the new player performs but he thinks otherwise as he feels he is still relevant in the setup.
Stoke have enjoyed a decent season but obviously aspire for greater heights as a Premier League side.

DEFOE CLOSES IN ON ROBBIE FOWLER’S RECORD

Sunderland striker Jermain Defoe has surpassed the 150 Premier League goal tally in November whilst hoping that he would eventually break the record set by Liverpool legend Robbie Fowler.


The English player hailed Fowler as one of the best strikers in the history of English football.

“Someone like Robbie Fowler, in my opinion he’s one of the most natural finishers that this country has produced. I remember his goals, nice clean finisher, not much backlift,” Defoe told Sky Sports.

The 34-year old forward scored his 150th in the 3-0 triumph over Hull City last week. He still has a lot of work to do as he is intent on breaking Fowler’s record f 163 goals, particularly as he only just equalled

Michael Owen’s record who used to be seventh on the All-time Premier League top scorers.

Acknowledging the tough task ahead, Defoe said:

“If I can go above him, it would be special. It’s a long way to go but I’ll just take them as they come I always believe that each game I play I’ll get a chance or half-chance and it’s just down to me to take it.”

Alan shearer sits comfortably on the list with 260 goals in 441 games played. Wayne Rooney, Andrew Cole, Frank Lampard and Thierry Henry take the top five spot respectively.

Defoe almost ended his Premier League career when he moved to America to play for Toronto FC in 2014. Eventually, he returned to Tottenham on a loan deal before moving to Sunderland in the January transfer window last year. His goals ensured they remained in top-flight English football. They are in the relegation zone again, and hopefully Defoe’s goals can help them again.

“I’ve always enjoyed scoring goals. I’ve still got that same buzz. Even when I score in training I’ve got the same buzz,” Defoe added.

TWO GOALS WERE NOT ENOUGH – JERMAIN DEFOE

The Sunderland striker, Jermain Defoe believes his side deserved nothing but victory in their clash with Crystal Palace, upon falling to a late 3-2 loss.

Sunderland were leading Crystal Palace 2-0, thanks to Defoe’s double, but goals from Joe Ledley, James McArthur and Christian Benteke changed the story of the match.

Having seen their advantage slip, the Englishman insisted The Black Cats supposed to have held on and won the game.

“I’m devastated,” he said. “When you are 2-0 up at home, you have to see the game out and win it, simple as that. You can imagine how it is in the dressing room. It’s hard, because when you play well but don’t get points it’s difficult. We created a lot of chances, but when you play well you expect to win. Even a draw would have made us feel down, because we thought we were the better team.

“Benteke’s goal at the end is something we have worked on in training – we’re disappointed.”

The ex-Manchester United now Sunderland boss, David Moyes, however, did not believe his side were worth their magic lead, though they should have strengthened better the defense during the die-minutes.

The 34-year old explained how disappointed he was to lose the important match having been leading by two goals earlier. He reportedly claimed that his side didn’t really hold on to the two goals to scratch out a win for the team.

“For us to not have someone deal with Benteke at the dearth, for him to have a five-yard run and have no challenge, is just incredible. We need our players to assume a level of responsibility, that’s it’s not all down to me and my staff.” He advised.

“We’re in a similar situation to where the club’s been for the last two or three seasons. To address this, when we go 2-0 up don’t lose headers and challenges. It’s simple, just do the basics well and then you won’t concede.”

DEFOE SET FOR NATIONAL TEAM DUTY UNDER ALLARDYCE

Sunderland forward Jermain Defoe might get another shot at the national team duty for England when former Sunderland manager Sam Allardyce is faced with selecting players to feature for the country soon.

Allardyce had the chance to lead the Three Lions years back but he lost the position to Steve Bruce. With his appointment this time, Defoe could get another chance to represent England.

The 33-year old player has been neglected despite his decent level of success over the years. Just last season he scored 15 goals, helping Sunderland survive relegation from top flight English football. There are speculations that the English player could get a call-up to join the team for World Cup qualifiers. “Big Sam” as Allardyce is fondly referred to was pictured when in the stadium when Defoe scored against Manchester City in the first game of the season for Sunderland.
Defoe featured for England three years ago and hasn’t got a shot since then. Roy Hodgson didn’t look his way at all despite being the third highest English goalscorer in the Premier League last season, ending up behind Harry Kane and Jamie Vardy. Defoe entered the top ten all time goal scorers in the Premier League, drawing level with former Arsenal striker Robin van Persie with 144 goals.

He downplayed the visit of the manager to his possible call-up saying: “I thought I had a chance with the previous manager but I don’t know! It is important for me to just get my head down, people will say what they like but it is down to me. I need to continue to work hard, keep sharp and forwards get judged on scoring goals.”

There is an abundance of options in forward positions in the English team, but Defoe could still get his feature due to his quality and with time not being on his side. His experience would be helpful to England as they prepare for more tournaments after a string of utter failures.

Intense Workouts At Sunderland

Jermain Defoe reveals that Sunderland players are undergoing an intense workout regime as they are getting ready for the pre season matches.

Indeed, every club’s players are focusing on training and getting in form ahead of the new season that will start off from next week. Some clubs have retained their position in the Premier League while others will hope to restore their position by the end of this season. Sunderland was able to secure a place in the Premier League but their scores are quite low. Hence, it is necessary that the players are in top form to ensure that they are able to play through the rounds of the tournament.

For these reasons the manager of the club, Sam Allardyce has been putting the players through gruelling workouts as Jermain Defoe has revealed. The squad is going through workouts that are long and gruelling. Black Cats have been undergoing pre season training and Jermain has been talking about the intense regime that has been designed for them this year. There are about three sessions in a day that the players need to go through. As per the striker who is 33 years of age, he is already feeling the effects of the rigorous fitness regime.

Defoe stated that the place selected for training is quiet so that the team can focus on training as well. The players are also eager to get back to form and hence, everyone is putting in the hard work to train before the season begins. Defoe stated that the manager definitely wants the players to have a good season for which they are putting in the hard work that he is pushing them towards. He wants to ensure that the players are in fit, form when the first games begin.

Roy Hodgson is wrong not to select Defoe for the Euros according to some pundits

Many pundits believe that Roy Hodgson has made a mistake in not selecting Jermain Defoe for the Euros in France.

The England striker has been quite prolific this year where he has scored 18 goals for Sunderland. He would have been an excellent complement to Jamie Vardy and Harry Kane in the England team.

Roy Hodgson has given his own reasons why he has not chosen Defoe and for many people, the reasons are not valid. The England manager said that when Defoe announce he was going to play in the MLS two years ago, he was omitted from the England team that participate at the last World Cup.

Since that time England has been working with a group of players to prepare for the Euros and Defoe was not considered to be part of the team. However, pundits believe that Roy Hodgson should have taken into account that Defoe has been playing in England recently and that his form and scoring abilities prove that he is still a quality player.

Roy Hodgson has also argued that he did not want to disrupt the team with a new comer. But some pundits claim that Hodgson has done just that with the introduction of Marcus Rashford and Danny Drinkwater. He could have made an effort in order to accommodate a player that has been in excellent form for his team this season. He could have at least allowed him to be part of the preliminary squad and find out how he performed in the friendlies.

Indeed, Jermain Defoe would have provided another option to Hodgson in matches where England may find it difficult to score. Harry Kane and Jamie Vardy appear to be quite similar in their playing style and with Defoe the team would have provided another attacking option for the team.