Jermain Defoe just took second place in Sunderland, but it’s time for him to hang up his boots.
A little about the topic
The former England, Tottenham and West Ham international has announced his retirement at the age of 39, having secured a prolific frontman as a PL legend. The player, who has earned 57 caps for his country by scoring 20 for the Three Lions, most recently finished second in Sunderland. Defoe, however, decided it was time to hang up his boots, with one of the most reliable finishers of the modern era scoring 162 goals in the PL.
What did Jermain Defoe say?
In a statement posted on social media about the career time challenge, Jermain Defoe said that after 22 years in the game, he has decided to retire from professional football. According to Defoe it was a very difficult decision and he discussed it with his family and those closest to him. Jermain made his professional debut at the age of 17 in 1999 and he feels that now is the right time to leave. Jermain has had an incredible journey and met some amazing people in the game.
Defoe says football will always be in his blood and it gives him great pride and satisfaction to look back on the blessed career he had. Now Jermain is looking forward to spending some time with his friends and family before moving on to this next chapter of his career. Defoe thanks all the fans from every club he has played for. The love he received and experienced throughout his career will never be forgotten and he will always have special connections with everyone.
Defoe also thanks his amazing teammates, coaches and staff for being such an integral part of his career. According to Jermain Defoe, he finally wants to say thank you to his mom. “You gave me a ball at two and made me believe my dream could come true. All I am is because of you and I owe it all to you and God,” Defoe said.