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Jermain Defoe announces retirement on career spanning four decades

Jermain Defoe has called time on a playing career spanning four decades. The former England international signed a six month deal at the Stadium of Light in January, but will now retire, a poignant end to a remarkable career.

The 39-year-old has made six appearances in the red and white of Sunderland since returning for ‘one last dance’ at the end of the January transfer window. The striker is yet to break his goal scoring duck since returning to Wearside two months ago, but the transfer was always about more than just his goals.

Defoe struck up a rapport with Sunderland supporters that very few before have been able to achieve and his influence off the pitch should not go unnoticed. Ross Stewart has spoken at length about Defoe’s impact in the Black Cats dressing room, as the Scot earned his first call-up to the international scene.

The Black Cats forward wrote his name into Sunderland’s history books with memorable goals to secure Premier League survival and a goal against Newcastle that is etched into the memory.

In a post on Instagram, Defoe said: “After 22 years in the game, I have decided to retire from professional football. 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 have 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 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.

“Lastly, I want to say thank you to my mum. You gave me a ball at two years old, and you made me believe my dream could happen. All that I am is because of you, and I owe everything to you and God.”

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