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Defoe's delight at England chance after move to Portsmouth

PUBLISHED: 20:46 03 June 2008 | UPDATED: 15:07 07 September 2010

Former Tottenham striker Jermaine Defoe has spoken about the unhappy end to his Spurs career. Defoe, who has worked his way into the England front line following a good run of goalscoring form with FA Cup winners Portsmouth, and scored twice in the 3-0

Former Tottenham striker Jermaine Defoe has spoken about the unhappy end to his Spurs career.

Defoe, who has worked his way into the England front line following a good run of goalscoring form with FA Cup winners Portsmouth, and scored twice in the 3-0 victory at Trinidad and Tobago on Sunday, said that being consigned to the substitute's bench so often after the arrival of Dimitar Berbatov left him 'feeling down'.

'Towards the end of my time at Tottenham I wasn't playing and it gets you down. You don't feel as sharp and your confidence goes. I just want to play football and I was delighted with the move to Portsmouth. My confidence came back and I finished the season strongly,'' he said.

The 25-year-old striker has no regrets about his move and says that after their FA Cup success, there is agreat buzz around Portsmouth and the club is heading in the right direction. 'I'm delighted to have made the move,'' he said.


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