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A predatory striker, Jermain Defoe has never tied down a regular England place despite an impressive scoring record at club level. A graduate of the Charlton Athletic academy, Defoe never played for the club, instead opting for a switch to West Ham when he turned professional aged 16. Signed by Tottenham in 2004 after five years in East London, the striker made well over 100 appearances for the Lilywhites before losing his first-team place due to the success of Robbie Keane and Dimitar Berbatov up front, and he moved to Portsmouth in January 2008 in search of regular football. His terrific performances under Harry Redknapp at Fratton Park re-established him as one of the top English strikers, and he moved back to White Hart Lane a year after his departure, linking up with manager Redknapp for the club's successful 2009/2010 season. His pace and finishing ability make him a useful option for England – particularly given the slide of Michael Owen's career – but despite his terrific club form, Defoe has never truly convinced at international level and is likely to be used as an impact substitute in South Africa.
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