Tottenham open the door to Jermain Defoe returning to the club to finish his coaching badges


EXCLUSIVE: Tottenham open the door to Jermain Defoe returning to the north London club to finish his coaching badges after the former England striker announced his retirement

  • Tottenham have opened the door to Jermain Defoe returning to north London
  • Defoe is widely seen as one of the club’s greatest ever goalscorers, with 143
  • The 39-year-old announced his retirement from playing football on Thursday
  • Spurs have offered to let him complete his qualifications in Enfield with them

Tottenham have opened the door to Jermain Defoe to return to the club where he was idolised following his decision to retire.

The 39-year-old scored 143 goals for Spurs and is widely recognised as one of the club’s greatest ever goalscorers.

Defoe is taking his coaching badges as he looks to stay in football after hanging up his boots.

Tottenham have opened the door to Jermain Defoe returning to complete his coaching badges

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Defoe is an idol at the club and is widely seen to be one of Spurs’ greatest ever goalscorers

His best career spell arguably came as he fired Spurs to the Champions League in 2009-10

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His best career spell arguably came as he fired Spurs to the Champions League in 2009-10

The 39-year-old former striker announced his retirement from football on Thursday morning

The 39-year-old former striker announced his retirement from football on Thursday morning

And Spurs will provide Defoe the chance to complete his qualifications at their state of the art training facility in Enfield.

That could then potentially lead to the former England star joining on a more formal basis.  

Defoe rounded off his playing days with a second stint at Sunderland after joining from Rangers in January, making seven appearances before making the decision to call time on his career. 

Defoe wrote to his Twitter followers saying it was ‘the right time to bow out’ after ‘an incredible journey and said football would ‘always be in my blood’.

‘After 22 years in the game, I have decided to retire from professional football,’ he wrote to fans on Twitter. ‘It’s been a really tough decision, and one I have discussed with my family and those closest to me.  

Defoe won his first trophy with Rangers last season after being brought in by Steven Gerrard

Defoe won his first trophy with Rangers last season after being brought in by Steven Gerrard 

Pictured: Defoe scoring for England against Slovenia at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa

Pictured: Defoe scoring for England against Slovenia at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa

One of the most heartwarming stories of Defoe's career was his close personal relationship with terminally ill six-year-old and Sunderland fan Bradley Lowery (left) before his tragic death

One of the most heartwarming stories of Defoe’s career was his close personal relationship with terminally ill six-year-old and Sunderland fan Bradley Lowery (left) before his tragic death

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‘I made my professional debut at 17 years old in 1999, and I feel now is the right time to bow out. I have had an incredible journey, and have met some amazing people in the game. 

‘Football will always be in my blood, and it gives me great pride and satisfaction to look back on the blessed career that I’ve had. I now look forward to spending some quality time with my friends and family before moving forward on this next chapter in my career. 

‘Thank you to all the fans from each club I’ve played for. The love I have received and endured throughout my career will never be forgotten, and I will always have a special bond with you all. 

‘Thank you also to my amazing team-mates, coaches and staff for playing such an integral part in my career.’ 

Former Spurs players Ryan Mason and Ledley King are both employed as staff members at the club; Mason as first-team coach, and King as a club ambassador.

DEFOE’S CAREER IN NUMBERS 

West HamApps: 105, Goals: 41

AFC Bournemouth (loan): Apps: 31, Goals: 19

Tottenham: Apps 362, Goals: 143

Portsmouth: Apps: 36, Goals: 17

Toronto FC: Apps: 21, Goals: 12

Sunderland: Apps: 100, Goals: 37

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AFC Bournemouth: Apps: 34, Goals: 4

Rangers: Apps: 74, Goals: 32, Trophies: Scottish Premiership 2020-21

England: Caps: 57, Goals: 20



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