Jermain Defoe: Sunderland and former England, Tottenham, West Ham and Rangers striker retires | Football News

Jermain Defoe has announced his retirement from professional football at the age of 39.

Former West Ham and Tottenham striker Defoe had been playing for Sunderland, after returning to the club where he spent two-and-a-half seasons between 2015 and 2017, in January. His contract there was due to run until the end of the season.

Prior to rejoining Sunderland, Defoe was at Rangers where he scored 32 goals in 74 matches, helping them win the Scottish Premiership title last season.

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Jermain Defoe, Ryan Taylor and Martin Tyler look back to the 2015 Tyne-Wear derby and Defoe’s stunning winner for Sunderland against Newcastle.

Beckton-born Defoe played youth football for renowned east London club Senrab before deciding to sign professional forms with West Ham in 1999, aged 16. He made his first-team debut a year later.

Defoe scored 19 goals in 31 appearances during a loan spell at Bournemouth, including netting in a record 10 consecutive league games.

The striker finished the 2001/02 season as West Ham’s top goalscorer, and scored a total of 41 goals in 105 games for the club, but he was unable to save the Hammers from relegation the following season, despite another double-digit goal return.

Defoe handed in a written transfer request less than 24 hours after West Ham’s relegation, but ended up staying at the club before making a switch to Tottenham.

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Defoe said it was difficult to accept his time at Rangers was coming to an end, but not playing was affecting him mentally

He made his England debut a few months after joining Spurs, winning the first of a total of 57 caps during his career.

Defoe spent three-and-a-half seasons with Tottenham before joining Portsmouth in January 2008, scoring 17 goals in 36 games for Pompey, but moved back to Spurs a year later, signing for his former manager at West Ham Harry Redknapp.

Across both spells at Tottenham, Defoe racked up 363 appearances, scoring 143 goals, before moving abroad to join Toronto FC early in 2014.

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Defoe reveals his best strike partner and who is the funniest footballer in a round of quickfire questions on The Transfer Show

But his stay at the MLS club lasted only 11 months, with Defoe returning to England to join Sunderland. He spent two-and-a-half seasons on Wearside, and moved to Bournemouth in 2017 before an initial loan move to Rangers in 2019 was made permanent.

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