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Bournemouth striker Jermain Defoe eager to play for as long as he can

Bournemouth striker Jermain Defoe admits he wants to keep playing for as long as he can.

With 162 top-flight goals, Defoe is seventh in the list of all-time Premier League top goalscorers, the highest still to be playing at England's elite level.

He is just one behind Robbie Fowler in sixth, while 14 more league goals would see Defoe overhaul Thierry Henry and reach the top five.

Despite a lack of game time in the league with Cherries this season, Defoe has no thoughts about slowing down just yet.

Ryan Giggs played until he was 40. I'm 35," he told the Daily Echo.

“I'm not sitting here saying I am going to be playing in the Premier League at 40 but, at the same time, if I am still able to do it then yes.

“You have to be honest with yourself and, as long as you're still enjoying it, that's the main thing.

“As you get older, it's not as easy and is demanding on your body. You get days where you think 'this is tough' because that's normal.

“But I still enjoy training. I love training and that feeling you get on a matchday when you wake up in the morning, I don't think that will ever go.

“Even when I finish playing, I still feel like I will have a little kickaround with my mates and my cousins.

“When I am playing, I still feel sharp. If I can not pick up any injuries, then I feel great."

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