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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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