Jermain Defoe

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We're not down. And we're not planning to go down. We're planning to stay up.feedback
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Mar 31 2017
Jermain Defoe has most recently been quoted in an article called Defoe in special Instagram tribute to terminally ill Bradley Lowery after making England return - Goal.com. Jermain Defoe said, “This moment will never leave me, back in the England squad, walking out with brave Bradley.”. Jermain Defoe has been quoted a grand total of 24 times in 12 articles.
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I thought he added to that and his experience around everybody else was very important.feedback

The bigger picture for us this week was his contribution throughout the camp. We've had a really good week.feedback

The performance in Germany was a good one. We didn't get the result. The performance today was not as good but we got the points and it's job done.feedback

It's nice to score but just to win the game was important and we did that. It's hard to put into words how I felt, I had to keep my emotions in check at the beginning – obviously little Brad's with me. Just to be back and playing with the lads was a great feeling.feedback

It feels different coming in as one of the senior lads. The first time round, coming in as a youngster, you are like a sponge, you try and take everything from the manager and the players. This time around it is a bit strange. I am a senior lad and I want to try and help the younger lads, but even some of them have experience under their belts, which is important.feedback

There were times where I did think 'maybe I am not going to get in'. But that did not stop me from getting my head down, working hard and just hoping that one day I would get an opportunity to represent my country again. I never gave up. I was getting a lot of stick from the lads on the [Sunderland] training ground because I still have the England flag on my boots. But I was just hoping I would get the opportunity again and now it has come I am delighted.feedback

You have to be realistic; to get into any squad is based on merit and to do that you have to be playing at the top level. When I went to Toronto in 2014 I missed out on the World Cup. When I got the call it was hard to accept but you had to be realistic and think the boys I was competing against were playing the Premier League and Europe and that's why I missed out. So I would say you would need to be playing in the Premier League but we'll see what happens.feedback

I've been lucky enough to have experienced it. If I do get an opportunity to get to another major tournament it will be a dream.feedback

I know how important it is to play for England. Just going to a major tournament, travelling, getting to the hotels, playing the games – it's something you've always wanted to do from being a kid, growing up watching the great players over the years.feedback

We had a good chat. He's a nice guy, someone who I played against, so we had a little laugh about that.feedback

Then I looked at it - 'Hi Jermain, it's Gareth Southgate, can I give you a call when you're free?' And I said: 'Yes, no problem' and we just had a chat, really, about how I felt about England.feedback

It was funny because on the iPhones,it pops up on the screen, but you don't see the full message. I just saw the name. I thought, Gareth? I don't know a Gareth, who's this?', so I put my phone down. I said, It's been a long time, I remember you kicking me years ago', but generally, he's a really nice man, to be fair. I've always had respect for him.feedback

I was in the England squad for like 10 years, and probably most of that time I was at Tottenham scoring goals. There were times where I wasn't even playing but I was still in the squad because of the goals I scored before. So I don't know. I've always been a positive person, but there comes a time where you think: 'Is it really going to happen? All I can do is keep playing well. The English fans - I read some nice stuff on social media and in the press too. So for me it's a nice feeling that people want me back into the squad. At the end of the day it's up to the manager so we'll see.feedback

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