Jermain Defoe Recalls the Time He Sneaked Onto the White Hart Lane Pitch as a 10-Year-Old

Sunderland striker Jermain Defoe recalls the time he managed to sneak onto the White Hart Lane pitch as a 10-year-old.


This season is the last at the famous ground, with Sunday’s visit of Manchester United the last fixture it will ever host.


Defoe was a key man at Spurs for many years, establishing a fantastic striking partnership with Peter Crouch and the 34-year-old says he has fond memories of his first visit onto the pitch.

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“The first time I actually went to White Hart Lane I was maybe about 10. It’s funny because no one knows. I think I’ve probably said a couple of times in interviews but I don’t think many people know.


“I was training for Tottenham at the time and it was me and Leon Knight and what we did is, well the stadium was closed but we trained at White Hart Lane on an indoor pitch.


“As kids as you do you go for a little wander, ended up on the pitch and it’s funny, because, even when I think about that now, maybe I was about 10, maybe 11, and years later I got to appear for the football club and showcase my skills.


“To do that and score that many goals is just, crazy.”


Defoe will always remain a cult icon at the Lilywhites and after a great season with the Black Cats, despite their relegation, Spurs fans may be wanting the 34-year-old to come back for another year.

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The Englishman will almost certainly leave Sunderland on a free and would provide cover for Harry Kane, allowing Vincent Janssen to perhaps leave the club.