Defoe is barred from featuring today, but told the Guardian: "I had some good times at Spurs but, when I consider everything that has happened since I joined Portsmouth, I can say without any doubt that I made the right decision.
"I'm playing football. That's all I ever wanted and I'm happy again. I lost that at Spurs. I was held back and I knew that, if I was serious about playing for England, I had to get a new club. That was always in my mind, that if I could go to another club and play regularly, scoring goals, I would stand a much better chance with England. If I'd stayed at Spurs there is a good chance I wouldn't even be in the England squad, so I know I have done the right thing."