Defoe last night said footballers had a duty to behave decently – on and off the field.
The Spurs striker, 27, said: “Footballers have to be aware they are role models for kids. We’re all human beings and people make mistakes.
“You can’t just stay at home but it’s World Cup year and you must live your life right or people will notice it. I want to be the best role model I can.”
Defoe also told the Sunday Mirror: “I don’t drink or smoke and I’ve never touched drugs.
“All I wanted to do was be a footballer, but I had to be disciplined. My mum drove me to football and watched me every weekend – she was brilliant.”