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Defoe receives EFL Cup medal

The forward played his part in Tottenham's 2008 triumph at Wembley

24 December 2018

AFC Bournemouth striker Jermain Defoe has been presented with an EFL Cup winner's medal, 10 years on from helping Tottenham Hotspur lift the trophy.

Defoe played and scored in the early stages of the competition for Spurs in 2007/08, but secured a January transfer to Portsmouth and watched his former team-mates go on to achieve glory by beating Chelsea in the Final just weeks later.

Now, a decade on from Spurs' famous 2-1, extra-time win at Wembley, the 36-year-old received his medal at current Club Bournemouth's Vitality Stadium.

The presentation was arranged by the EFL and carried out by Head of Youth Development David Wetherall. Naturally, Defoe was delighted to add an important piece to his collection of awards, and sat down with us to reflect on his part in the triumph.

"Obviously, I remember being involved before I left," he said. "I remember playing Manchester City away because I scored, but then we went down to 10 men and the manager brought me off - I was fuming!

"I remember contributing to help the boys get to that stage and after that it was actually nice to sit back and watch the lads go on to lift the trophy. 

Defoe receives EFL Cup medal

"It's obviously a nice feeling to have been a part of the history of that Club, such a big Club that had been used to winning competitions over the previous years. It's special.

"At the end of the day, they're all your friends and you still want them to win, to get your medal! It was a great performance against a top Chelsea team, so to win it in the way they did was brilliant."

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