Jermain Defoe returns to Tottenham Hotspur to take up coaching and ambassadorial roles five months after announcing retirement from football

    Tottenham Hotspur have announced former striker Jermain Defoe has returned to the club as a member of the club’s Academy coaching staff.

    Defoe represented Spurs over two spells between 2004 and 2014, scoring 143 goals in 363 appearances – making him the sixth-highest goalscorer in the club’s history.

    10. Jermain Defoe (West Ham to Tottenham in 2004)

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    Jermain Defoe scored 143 times for Spurs over tow successful spells at White Hart Lane

    Alongside his new coaching role, Defoe will also take up the position of Club Ambassador which will see him assist with the club’s community projects as well as working with Tottenham’s partners and global fanbase.

    The news comes seven months after he left his player-coach role at Rangers after initially joining the club in 2019.

    Defoe was a fan favourite at Ibrox scoring 21 goals in 37 games in his first season in the Scottish Premier League.

    But game time became limited and he eventually cut ties with the club earlier this year.

    Upon leaving Ibrox in January, Defore signed a short-term deal at former club Sunderland but announced his retirement from the game two-months later following a substitute appearance in a 0-0 draw with Lincoln.

    After calling time on his career Defoe explained his reasons for the decision via his Instagram page and described his career as ‘blessed.’

    Defoe helped Steven Gerrard’s Rangers claim the Scottish Premier League title in 2021

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    Defoe helped Steven Gerrard’s Rangers claim the Scottish Premier League title in 2021

    “After 22 years in the game, I have decided to retire from professional football,” Defoe announced.

    “It’s been a really tough decision and one I have discussed with my family and those closest to me.

    “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 met some amazing people in the game. Football will always remain in my blood and it gives me great pride and satisfaction to look back on that blessed career that I’ve had. I now look forward to spending some quality time with my friends and family.”

    Jermain Defoe says Bradley Lowery has been the 'highlight of his season’ and is ‘blessed’ to know him

    Defoe and Bradley Lowery became inseparable as the youngster was undergoing treatment for a rare form of childhood cancer

    Defoe was awarded an OBE for services to football and his Jermain Defoe charity foundation, which helps vulnerable and underprivileged children in the UK and the Caribbean. 

    Alongside his footballing exploits, Defoe will be remembered for his support to six-year-old Bradley Lowery, who died from a rare form of cancer, in 2017.

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