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Jamie Carragher arrived at Friday Night Football in style after getting a lift to the Vitality Stadium with Bournemouth and England striker Jermain Defoe.

The Sky Sports pundit made the pre-match journey from Defoe's house to the ground and there was plenty of time for a chat.

The pair talked about the England international's move from Sunderland to Bournemouth, how he's settling in on the south coast and the 34-year-old's buzz for scoring goals.

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Defoe has morphed from teenage talent to 34-year-old arch-poacher while Howe has moved into management in the 16 years in between - but the Bournemouth boss still finds himself stunned by the striker's eye for goal.

'He's one of the best finishers I've ever seen,' said Howe. 'When I was playing with him I couldn't believe how good he was, when we first started to introduce him into the team.

Read more: DailyMail

JERMAIN Defoe dedicated his first Premier League goal for Cherries to the memory of Bradley Lowery. During his time at Sunderland, the England striker struck up a close friendship with football mascot Bradley, who died in July from a rare form of cancer, aged six.

And the Cherries frontman, who fired home the decisive strike in the 2-1 win over Brighton on Friday, insisted memories of his time with the youngster were “still in my heart”. The 34-year-old told the Daily Echo: “I did say when I scored my first goal back, I wanted to dedicate it to little Bradley, even though he is probably looking down on me thinking ‘you’re playing for the wrong team!’

Jermain Defoe feels “the sacrifice” most when he wants to go to the cinema and get that big bag of popcorn, or when he’s looking at the dessert menu. For someone who admits he indulged a sweet tooth when younger, it’s hard to maintain his discipline. But it’s a sacrifice worth making, especially when he’s allowed to indulge something he loves more than anything else: his hunger for goals. “There is no better feeling,” he says.

It does not just represent a change in conditioning for Defoe, but also perpetuates a different perception of the player that is worth reflecting on. The 34-year-old has gone from someone seen as prematurely ending his top-level career by moving to Toronto FC in 2014 to someone since seen as the best example in how to prolong it, given his sharpness at that age. 

Read more: Independent

Bradley passed away on July 7 this year aged six after a battling with neuroblastoma throughout his short life.  A life-long Sunderland fan, the brave little boy made friends with Jermain, 34, when he played as a striker for the North East team. The footballer invited Bradley on numerous occasions to walk out as a mascot for his team and explained to Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby the massive effect it had on him. 

Jermain said: "I remember Brad being in the changing rooms and his energy was amazing and that instant connection just grew and became closer. It was difficult. There were times I would see Brad before I would walk out and I would see him in pain and I didn't want to leave him. 

Full Story: Express

Bournemouth’s season is finally up and running, the sense of relief evident in the fist pump from Eddie Howe that greeted the sight of Jermain Defoe rolling back the years with his first goal for the club since 2001, when the England international was a teenager, his manager was a team-mate and the thought of winning Premier League matches was a long way from anyone’s mind.

Defoe, Bournemouth and Howe have come a long way since those days, when they were knocking around in the third tier, yet they badly needed this victory to ease the tension that was creeping into these parts after four successive league defeats.

Read more: The Guardian

Former Arsenal defender Martin Keown has claimed that new Bournemouth signing Jermain Defoe will inspire his team-mates this season.

Defoe joined Bournemouth on a free transfer this summer and, even at the age of 34, remains prolific in front of goal.

Keown told BBC Sport: “There is a sharpness to Jermain Defoe’s play that he has always had. He is hungry, he wants to keep proving that point. Eventually, I think it will get the better of him, but let’s take a look at him after the first two or three games. They have got a good man in the camp there. You get inspired by people around you and everyone wants to see Defoe in action.”

Jermain Defoe is dreaming of a place in England’s World Cup squad. The 34-year-old Bournemouth striker is looking to bag himself a seat on the plane to Russia and has admits it is already in the back of his mind.

Defoe said: “It’s only normal to have one eye on the World Cup. Every English player will want to get in to that squad but it’s based on merit, so you’ll have to play well for your club. I’ll focus on doing that and then if I get the opportunity to play in the World Cup again, it would be a dream.”

Full story: Mirror

England striker Jermain Defoe says the squad's visit to a Royal Marines boot camp could help the players cope with the emotion of penalty shootouts.

Defoe said having his team-mates watching him complete the 'sheep dip' was a "pressure moment".

"It's the sort of pressure when you're in a penalty shootout and the lads are waiting for you to step up," he said.

It is a family affair at the Jermain Defoe Foundation football tournament in Romford. As they spend bank holiday Monday seeking to raise funds for their work in St Lucia, the entire clan is busy helping. There’s Jermain himself presenting the prizes to winning teams, posing for selfies, signing junior football shirts. There’s his cousin volunteering as tournament co-ordinator. And there, next to the merchandise stand where signed adidas balls are selling fast, is the cake stall, staffed by his mother.

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β€œI have had a fantastic year, apart from my injury which has only made me even more determined to achieve the best I can in 2010/2011.” During the festive period, Defoe’s and others thoughts will turn to the many who suffered loss during the recent hurricane which claimed over 14 lives in St Lucia. He added: β€œThis year has held many trials and tribulations within our global community. I for one have prayed deeply for those who were affected in my homeland St Lucia but my prayers are also with the other countries who have suffered from natural disasters.”

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With the Christmas period noted for bringing joy to young people, the Spurs striker not long ago made a significant visit. β€œI recently visited 10 Downing Street to support the Starlight charity, who help to grant wishes to seriously ill and terminally ill children. β€œMy time spent with the children made me reflect on how lucky the majority of us are to be blessed with another day and good health. β€œLet’s make 2011 one to remember, as what we do today will reflect on our loved ones tomorrow. β€œIn life there are no guarantees, so live today as though your life depends on it and make the necessary steps to help you achieve your dreams.”

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