Defoe emotional over Spurs farewell

Tottenham striker Jermain Defoe was left "speechless" by home fans during their Europa League win over Dnipro.

Tottenham striker Jermain Defoe was left "speechless" by home fans during their Europa League win over Dnipro.

The 31-year-old has signed for Major League Soccer franchise Toronto FC and, due to a hamstring injury, was unable to take his place in the Spurs squad for their Europa League round-of-32 second leg against Dnipro.

But Defoe, who has spent nine years at Tottenham over the course of two spells, emerged at half-time to leave the fans with a departing message.

"I'm just speechless," he said following a rousing reception.

"I remember it like it was yesterday when I walked on to the pitch and signed. Even before I kicked a ball, the reception was fantastic. It's something I will never forget. I will cherish and appreciate that.

"I'm going to miss this place. It's been a part of my life and for my family. It's a special place."

 
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