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Jermain Defoe on denying his sweet tooth and feeding his craving for goals with Bournemouth and England

Thursday, 31 August 2017 13:59
At 34, Jermain Defoe knows all about the difficulty of what it takes to stay in top form At 34, Jermain Defoe knows all about the difficulty of what it takes to stay in top form Getty

Jermain Defoe feels “the sacrifice” most when he wants to go to the cinema and get that big bag of popcorn, or when he’s looking at the dessert menu. For someone who admits he indulged a sweet tooth when younger, it’s hard to maintain his discipline. But it’s a sacrifice worth making, especially when he’s allowed to indulge something he loves more than anything else: his hunger for goals. “There is no better feeling,” he says.

It does not just represent a change in conditioning for Defoe, but also perpetuates a different perception of the player that is worth reflecting on. The 34-year-old has gone from someone seen as prematurely ending his top-level career by moving to Toronto FC in 2014 to someone since seen as the best example in how to prolong it, given his sharpness at that age. 

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