|Jermain Defoe Quick Info|
|Height||5 ft 7 in|
|Date of Birth||October 7, 1982|
Jermain Defoe is an English soccer coach and former professional soccer player who represented, as a striker, West Ham United F.C. (1999-2004), Tottenham Hotspur F.C. (2004-2008, 2009-2014), Portsmouth F.C. (2008-2009), Sunderland A.F.C. (2015-2017, 2022), and AFC Bournemouth (2017-2020) in England; Toronto FC (2014) in Canada; and Rangers F.C. (2020-2022) in Scotland. Although Toronto FC is a Canadian professional soccer club, it competes in MLS (Major League Soccer), soccer’s highest level in the United States. Jermain also spent loan spells with AFC Bournemouth (2000-2001), Portsmouth F.C. (2008), and Tottenham Hotspur F.C. (2014) in England; and Rangers F.C. (2019-2020) in Scotland. At the international level, he represented England at the under-16, under-18, and under-21 tiers before making his senior national debut in March 2004. Until June 2017, Jermain made 57 senior-level international appearances for England in which he scored 20 goals. In November 2021, while still playing for Rangers F.C., he was named as part of a 4-man caretaker team responsible for leading the club temporarily – after the departure of the then club manager, Steven Gerrard. In late March 2022, Jermain announced his retirement from professional soccer. In August 2022, he returned to Tottenham Hotspur F.C. as the club’s ambassador and an academy coach (under-18 tier).
Jermain Colin Defoe
Beckton, London, England, United Kingdom
England, United Kingdom
Jermain attended St. Joachim’s Catholic Primary School in the London borough of Newham. He had also studied at St. Bonaventure’s School, a Roman Catholic boys’ secondary school – also located in Newham. In his mid-teens, he joined Idsall School, a coeducational secondary school in Shifnal, a market town in Shropshire, England.
Soccer Coach, Professional Soccer Player (Retired)
- Father – Jimmy Defoe (d. June 2012)
- Mother – Sandra Defoe
- Siblings – Chonte (Sister)
- Others – Jade ‘Gavin’ Defoe (Younger Half-Brother) (Rapper) (d. April 2009)
- 18, 17, 11, 9, 16, 10, 15, 19, 21, 20 – England
- 35, 25, 9 – West Ham United F.C.
- 18, 25 – Tottenham Hotspur F.C.
- 14 – Portsmouth F.C.
- 18 – Toronto FC, AFC Bournemouth
- 28, 18, 10 – Sunderland A.F.C.
- 9 – Rangers F.C.
Jermain Defoe’s net worth had been $20 million according to CelebrityNetWorth.com.
5 ft 7 in or 170 cm
65 kg or 143.5 lbs
Girlfriend / Spouse
Jermain has dated –
- Casey Batchelor
- Joanne Beckham (2001-2002)
- Stephanie Moule (2001-2007)
- Charlotte Mears (2006-2007)
- Rachel Cameron (2007)
- Danielle Lloyd (2007-2008)
- Sarah Giggle (2008-2009)
- Chantelle Houghton (2009)
- Imogen Thomas (2009)
- Alexandra Burke (2012)
- Chloe Green (2012)
- Anne-Marie Moore (2012) – He dated a woman named Anne-Marie Moore briefly in the latter half of 2012. She gave birth to a son named Joshua-James in February 2013. However, a DNA test revealed that Jermain was not the baby’s father.
- Danielle Armstrong (2012-2014)
- Donna Tierney (2021-2022) – Jermain began dating a Scottish beautician named Donna Tierney in January 2021 and the couple got married in June 2022. However, they had parted ways by December 2022 after Donna alleged that he had been cheating on her with an influencer and stylist named Alisha LeMay.
- Alisha LeMay (2022-Present)
Race / Ethnicity
Mixed (Hispanic and Black)
He is of Dominican descent on his father’s side and Saint Lucian descent on his mother’s side.
- Toned physique
- Side-cropped, afro hair
- Sports a rugged beard
- Often wears ear studs
- Has both his hands covered in tattoos
Jermain Defoe Facts
- Jermain’s youth career began with Senrab F.C., an amateur soccer club based in the Forest Gate district of London. In 1997, as a 14-year-old, he joined Charlton Athletic F.C. Under-23s and Academy, the youth system of the English professional soccer club Charlton Athletic F.C. which is based in Charlton, south-east London.
- In 1999, he switched over to West Ham United F.C. Under-21s and Academy, the youth system of the English professional soccer club West Ham United F.C. which is based in Stratford, East London. He was promoted to the club’s first-tier senior-level team later that year.
- For the calendar year 2004, Jermain was named Tottenham Hotspur F.C.‘s ‘Player of the Year’, as voted by season ticket holders and the club’s members.
- With Tottenham Hotspur F.C., he won the EFL Cup (an annual knockout competition that is open to clubs within the top 4 levels of the English soccer league system) in the 2007-08 season. This was the club’s 4th such title which made it the then-joint 3rd most successful team in the competition.
- In March 2008, Jermain became the first ever player for Portsmouth F.C. to have scored at least 1 goal in each of his first 5 home matches.
- In November 2009, he scored 5 goals in Tottenham Hotspur F.C.‘s 9-1 hammering of Wigan Athletic F.C. This made him just the 3rd player (after Alan Shearer and Andy Cole) to have scored 5 goals in a Premier League (the top tier of the English soccer league system) match.
- Dimitar Berbatov and Sergio Agüero have subsequently emulated this feat. Jermain’s aforementioned 5-goal haul had also included the then 2nd-fastest (7 minutes) hat-trick (the feat of scoring 3 goals (not necessarily consecutive) in a match) in Premier League history.
- In June 2010, he scored the only goal in England’s 3rd (and last) group-stage match against Slovenia in the 2010 edition of the FIFA (Fédération Internationale de Football Association) World Cup. The 1-0 win was vital for England as it helped the team move from 2 points to 5 and leapfrog Slovenia (4 points) to seal a place in the knockout stage of the competition. The joy did not last long though as Germany smoked England by a 4-1 margin in the next phase of the competition – the ‘Round of 16’.
- In April 2011, Jermain became just the 20th player to have reached the milestone of 100 goals in the Premier League. This particular goal was his 100th for Tottenham Hotspur F.C. across all competitions. Incredibly, it was also the 1,000th goal scored by Tottenham Hotspur F.C. in the Premier League era (the 1992-93 FA Premier League was the inaugural season of the Premier League).
- Jermain’s father passed away on June 7, 2012, after a long battle with throat cancer. At that time, he was with the English squad that was set to play its opening group stage game of the 2012 edition of the UEFA (Union of European Football Associations) European Championship aka the UEFA Euro (a quadrennial continental international championship) 4 days later. Jermain returned home from Poland to attend the funeral but rejoined the squad just 2 days later and even played in the aforementioned opening group stage game – against France, as a 77th-minute substitute.
- In November 2013, he set the then record (23 goals) for the highest number of goals in European competitions by a Tottenham Hotspur F.C. player.
- For his performances in the 2015-16 season, Jermain was named Sunderland A.F.C.‘s ‘Player of the Year’ as well as their ‘Supporters’ Player of the Year’.
- In 2017, he adopted a vegan diet to extend his playing career. He is also a teetotaler.
- In September 2017, Jermain’s winning goal for AFC Bournemouth, in a match against Brighton & Hove Albion F.C., meant that he had scored at least 1 goal in 17 different Premier League seasons. As of May 2023, he was the 9th-highest goalscorer overall in the Premier League (162 goals in 496 appearances). 24 of these goals were scored as a substitute, a record in the Premier League – as of May 2023.
- He was appointed an ‘Officer of the Order of the British Empire’ (OBE) in the 2018 Queen’s Birthday Honours for his work with the Jermain Defoe Foundation, a charitable organization that he had founded in 2013.
- With Rangers F.C., he won the Scottish Premiership (the top division of the Scottish soccer league system) title in the 2020-21 season. This was the club’s record-extending 55th title in Scotland’s top-flight league championship.
- It was also the first (and only) league title of Jermain’s career – arriving at the ripe old age of 38. Incredibly, Rangers F.C. had also created a record of sorts as it did not lose any match that season (32 wins and 6 draws).
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