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Spurs ace Defoe reveals star-studded coaching support

Tottenham striker Jermain Defoe has revealed how his finishing has benefitted from working with his current mentors.

Defoe has scored goals throughout his career but Spurs boss Harry Redknapp has noticed a difference this year. His striker broke his foot in January and used the time on the sidelines to bulk up his upper-body strength.

When he returned to action he continued with his usual extra finishing practice after training, helped by former Spurs strikers Les Ferdinand and Clive Allen, who are now coaches at the club. Defoe also studies footage of ex-strikers such as Alan Shearer and Andy Cole.

"I always do my finishing after training so when I get in that situation on match day I'm familiar with it and can take the chance," Defoe said.

"Every day for about 20 minutes a few of the boys stay behind with Les Ferdinand and Clive Allen. I watched some of Clive's goals on youtube and it's important to do that to learn.

"He got 49 goals in one season and that is unbelievable. If I did that I don't know what I'd do. It was harder playing up there on your own like he did. He's still got it and can still finish now.

"I've spoken to all the great strikers over the years like Les and Ian Wright. Wrighty tells me that no matter how many you score, always try to get another right until the final whistle. I've got that mentality now to try to get more."

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