Tottenham striker Jermain Defoe proved his worth just at the right time for Tottenham after he scored two goals in a match against Stevenage, which helped the North London club to get into the quarter-finals of the FA Cup.

Stevenage managed to hold out Tottenham to a 1-1 draw in the match, which led to the replay for Tottenham. Harry Redknapp was extremely keen to win this match and progress to the quarter-finals of the FA Cup, despite the fact that the prospect of finishing in the fourth place in the league was far more important.

Jermain Defoe has been unable to get into the Tottenham side in recent weeks, which has led to speculation linking him with a move back in January. However, the England striker stayed with the London club and he was rewarded with a start against Stevenage in the FA Cup.

He repaid the faith manager Harry Redknapp had in him by scoring two goals, with Adebayor getting the other goal in between the two Jermain Defoe strikes. There was a major shock on the cards when Stevenage took the lead through Byrom in the fourth minute, but Defoe equalised in the 25th minute and secured the brace in the 75th minute.

“There are not many top strikers around – if there’s a problem area in the [England] team, that’s it. He’s right up there with the best of them so he must have a great chance [of being selected],” manager Harry Redknapp said about the chances for Jermain Defoe to get into the England squad for the Euro 2012. The striker has scored 15 goals in just 29 appearances for Tottenham. Even more interesting is the fact that he has made 15 goals from just the 17 starts he has made, but the arrival of Adebayor has reduced his chances.


Jermain Defoe, the Tottenham striker has recently reported that their managed Harry Redknapp has been quite inspirational throughout the matches and this has been one of the major reasons why Tottenham has managed to stand a position to win the title cup.

Defoe has worked with Harry for over 7 years and has hence managed to understand each and every character trait of this enthusiastic manager.

Defoe has been quite a regular in Redknapp’s team selection and hence has been able to understand the ins and outs of this manager. He feels that Harry has this sense of aura that spreads to all those who are associated with him and this is what help each and every player to build their confidence. Harry always knows the ways to get the best out of all the players and this goes a long way in ensuring that the players put in their 100 percent effort.

He teaches each and every player how to make them feel important. Jermain Defoe has been impressed with these qualities and this is what helps him to put Harry in such high respect as he truly appreciates the effort made by the manager to ensure that his team works to the best of their potential and does not fall back.

Jermain in his report has mentioned how Harry had made him feel special as a youngster and made him realize the inner qualities and talents that lay hidden inside him. The best thing about Harry is that he does not differentiate with age and finds and maximizes the talents of skilled players irrespective of their age and other factors.

Giving motivational speeches has been Harry’s forte and he makes each and every player love the game. Jermain Defoe truly considers Harry as his hero.