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Kilmarnock shut out Jermain Defoe to earn goalless draw with Rangers

James Tavernier failed to take advantage of Rangers’ sixth penalty in three matches as Steven Gerrard’s men were held to a goalless William Hill Scottish Cup draw at Kilmarnock.Daniel Bachmann made his second penalty save of the week in the 15th minute…

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Bournemouth’s Jermain Defoe set to join Rangers on 18-month loan deal

• Former England striker to link up with Steven Gerrard’s side• Rangers also set to sign Steven Davis from SouthamptonRangers have reached an agreement to sign Jermain Defoe on an 18-month loan deal that will take the former England international up to…

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Jermain Defoe: ‘I didn’t know I would reach 35 and still be running like I’m 25’

The England striker credits his mother, Ian Wright and a French fitness expert for helping him get a wholly unexpected chance at another World Cup

Jermain Defoe turned 35 on Saturday, spending his birthday travelling to Lithuania with the England squad he was so happy to rejoin and not even thinking about slowing down, let alone retiring. A French fitness expert whom Ian Wright recommended a few seasons ago said he thought he could add five years to Defoe’s career and the Bournemouth striker reckons he probably has. What Defoe does not know, and is not in too much of a hurry to find out, is whether he has already used up that five-year bonus or still has a fair part of it left.

Related: England reach the World Cup again – can they do better this time?

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You can’t take any team lightly, says England’s Jermain Defoe – video

Speaking ahead of England’s World Cup qualification matches against Malta and Slovakia, striker Jermain Defoe has asserted that, while England are expected to collect six points, there are no easy games in international football

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Jermaine Defoe wears England shirt for Bradley Lowery’s funeral

Jermain Defoe joins thousands in County Durham for funeral of six-year-old whose cancer battle captured hearts around the world

Premier League footballer Jermain Defoe wore an England shirt for the funeral of his six-year-old “best friend”, Bradley Lowery, whose cancer battle captured hearts around the world.

Thousands of people lined the streets of Blackhall, County Durham, ahead of the service at St Joseph’s Catholic Church, where the youngster was baptised six years ago.

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Jermaine Defoe wears England shirt for Bradley Lowery’s funeral

Jermain Defoe joins thousands in County Durham for funeral of six-year-old whose cancer battle captured hearts around the world

Premier League footballer Jermain Defoe wore an England shirt for the funeral of his six-year-old “best friend”, Bradley Lowery, whose cancer battle captured hearts around the world.

Thousands of people lined the streets of Blackhall, County Durham, ahead of the service at St Joseph’s Catholic Church, where the youngster was baptised six years ago.

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Jermain Defoe: ‘I will always carry you in my heart. Sleep tight little one’

• Defoe pays tribute to Bradley Lowery after the six-year-old’s death
• ‘I’ll never forget the way you looked at me when I met you for the first time’

Jermain Defoe has paid tribute to his “best friend” Bradley Lowery after the six-year-old Sunderland fan’s death from a rare form of cancer.

Bradley, who struck up a close friendship with Defoe after he had been diagnosed with neuroblastoma, died on Friday, a week after the pair were pictured together at the family’s home in Blackhall, County Durham.

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Jermain Defoe: ‘I will always carry you in my heart. Sleep tight little one’

• Defoe pays tribute to Bradley Lowery after the six-year-old’s death
• ‘I’ll never forget the way you looked at me when I met you for the first time’

Jermain Defoe has paid tribute to his “best friend” Bradley Lowery after the six-year-old Sunderland fan’s death from a rare form of cancer.

Bradley, who struck up a close friendship with Defoe after he had been diagnosed with neuroblastoma, died on Friday, a week after the pair were pictured together at the family’s home in Blackhall, County Durham.

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Jermain Defoe: I always knew Eddie was a leader and now I’d like to follow

The England international is back where it all began at Bournemouth, reunited with Eddie Howe – who ‘used to kick people’ – and raring to go again

It does not take Jermain Defoe long to roll back the years after walking back into a pocket of Dean Court. It was here where it all started for a raw, tenacious teenage striker looking to make his mark on loan from West Ham United in October 2000.

He scored on his debut against Stoke City and went on to equal a post-war record, scoring in 10 consecutive league games. “I remember every goal but my favourite was the chip against Oxford – that was special,” he says, beaming.

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Jermain Defoe joins Bournemouth on three-year deal after leaving Sunderland

• Striker exercised relegation release clause in Sunderland contract
• Chelsea’s Nathan Aké poised to be Bournemouth’s next signing

Jermain Defoe has completed a move to Bournemouth on a three-year deal. The 34-year-old striker exercised a relegation release clause in his Sunderland contract and returns to the club where he had a successful loan spell early in his career.

Related: Sunderland shelve takeover talks and close on Preston’s Simon Grayson

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Jermain Defoe joins Bournemouth on three-year deal after leaving Sunderland

• Striker exercised relegation release clause in Sunderland contract
• Chelsea’s Nathan Aké poised to be Bournemouth’s next signing

Jermain Defoe has completed a move to Bournemouth on a three-year deal. The 34-year-old striker exercised a relegation release clause in his Sunderland contract and returns to the club where he had a successful loan spell early in his career.

Related: Sunderland shelve takeover talks and close on Preston’s Simon Grayson

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Jermain Defoe set for return to Bournemouth on £20m three-year deal

• Sunderland striker exercises relegation release clause
• Defoe scored 19 times in 31 appearances for Cherries

Jermain Defoe is set to join Bournemouth from Sunderland as a free agent on a three-year deal that will pay him £20m – including the signing-on fee. The 34-year-old striker, capped 56 times by England, has exercised a relegation-release clause in his Sunderland contract and he will return to the club for whom he played at the beginning of his career.

Defoe was an 18-year-old when he turned out for Bournemouth in 2000-01, on loan from West Ham United, and he scored 19 goals in 31 appearances for them. He played alongside Eddie Howe and Jason Tindall, who are now the Bournemouth manager and assistant manager respectively, and he has always spoken fondly of his time at the south coast club.

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England goalscorer Jermain Defoe says vegan diet and discipline paying off

• Recovery techniques working for Sunderland striker
• ‘I have a better understanding of my body now’

Jermain Defoe has credited a recent switch to a vegan diet as being partly behind his continued excellence at the top level as the Sunderland striker seeks to maintain his form and remain in contention within the England set-up following his goalscoring return to the national side.

The veteran forward, recalled by Gareth Southgate, marked his first England appearance in three and a half years with a 20th international goal against Lithuania on Sunday and departed Wembley having claimed the sponsors’ man of the match award. That bottle of champagne was wasted on him, with the 34-year-old long since teetotal, but Defoe’s desire to thrive in the top flight has prompted him to explore diet and recovery techniques in an attempt to retain his edge.

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Gentle roll-backs from the centre circle

In today’s Fiver: Jermain Defoe, principles, and sticking up for corner kicks

Hooray! England are on the road to Russia and there’s a new driver at the wheel! Toot toot! Of course when we say new, what we mean is old: it’s Jermain Defoe, 34-year-old darling of the footballing-focused chattering class, hoary sharpshooter de luxe, golden-booted highwayman who can always be relied upon to stand and deliver: long-in-the-tooth Jermain Silver.

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Jermain Defoe rolls back the years to show England what they have missed | Dominic Fifield

Sunderland striker showed he has lost none of his sharpness or eye for goal to vindicate Gareth Southgate’s decision to recall him after three years away

There was something very familiar about all this. The sight of a winger bustling to the byline and, even as he pulled the ball back across goal, being absolutely convinced the net would be billowing by the time his momentum had carried him on to the artificial turf ringing the pitch. Jermain Defoe tends to offer that calibre of reassurance, forever loitering as he does in enemy territory spanning the width of the posts, the six-yard box only ever a dart away, defenders constantly on edge. Cue that trademark celebration, arms stretched wide, as the striker trotted towards the crowd. It was as if he had never been away.

Except, of course, he had – and, plenty would argue, for far too long. The scenario which yielded England’s lead midway through the first half on Sunday might have been plucked from the last occasion when Defoe had scored for his country at Wembley, so identikit a goal did it feel from a player who has been prospering like this for years.

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England veteran Jermain Defoe set to return from international wilderness

• Sunderland striker poised for recall against Lithuania
• ‘Deadly finisher’ Defoe likely to replace Vardy up front

Jermain Defoe is poised to represent his country for the first time in almost three and a half years as Gareth Southgate seeks to prise apart Lithuania’s attempts at stubborn defence and maintain England’s leadership of Group F.

Southgate is expected to start with the 34-year-old striker, whose 55th and most recent cap came against Chile in November 2013, and recall Raheem Sterling, recovered from a slight knock, to his starting lineup at Wembley against the team ranked 107th in the world. The 3-4-3 system adopted for the friendly defeat in Germany in the week is likely to revert to 4-1-4-1, with the quartet of attack‑minded players in front of Eric Dier playing just behind the Sunderland forward.

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England given powerful message by Gareth Southgate, says James Ward-Prowse

• Wayne Rooney misses presentation outlining manager’s international vision
• ‘He spoke about missing penalty at Euros and being young Palace captain’

England’s ambition to become the best in the world was laid out in a powerful presentation by Gareth Southgate but Wayne Rooney was not there to hear it.

Related: Where will the goals come from in Gareth Southgate’s England? | Jacob Steinberg

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England given powerful message by Gareth Southgate, says James Ward-Prowse

• Wayne Rooney misses presentation outlining manager’s international vision
• ‘He spoke about missing penalty at Euros and being young Palace captain’

England’s ambition to become the best in the world was laid out in a powerful presentation by Gareth Southgate but Wayne Rooney was not there to hear it.

Related: Where will the goals come from in Gareth Southgate’s England? | Jacob Steinberg

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Where will the goals come from in Gareth Southgate’s England? | Jacob Steinberg

Harry Kane’s ankle injury has exposed an England weakness, with only three forwards in the squad for the games against Germany and Lithuania

When England beat Germany in Berlin last March, talk of the emergence of a generation of strikers who could carry them to glory at Euro 2016 did not feel entirely outlandish. Danny Welbeck caused problems with his pace and movement, Harry Kane pulled off a Cruyff turn before his goal and Jamie Vardy scored with a brilliant flick four minutes after coming off the bench. Roy Hodgson had an embarrassment of riches up front. Wayne Rooney was still to return from injury, Daniel Sturridge was fit at last and Marcus Rashford was shooting to prominence at Manchester United.

Reality soon gave that optimism a good shoeing, of course, and England lost to Iceland in the last 16 in France. Hodgson’s forwards managed a combined total of three goals in four games. Kane took a lot of bad corners but he was still the future. He has scored 24 goals for Tottenham this season.

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Wayne Rooney loses his England place and with it the captaincy

• Manchester United man declares fitness but Southgate still omits him
• Defoe, Ward-Prowse, Redmond and Livermore all included

Wayne Rooney’s international career appears to be drawing to its close after it emerged he had been left out of England’s latest squad despite declaring himself fit and he is no longer seen by Gareth Southgate as the team captain.

Rooney has been omitted from England’s 26-man party for the friendly in Germany on Wednesday, followed by the World Cup qualifier against Lithuania four days later, despite telling Southgate that he is available to play for Manchester United at Middlesbrough on Sunday.

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