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Tottenham hero King: I never doubted Defoe would prove himself after Toronto

Tottenham hero Ledley King isn't surprised to see Jermain Defoe still starring for Sunderland.

Defoe faces his former club today.

King told the club's website: "He played so well last season but personally, I never doubted him for one minute when he came back to the Premier League (from Toronto).

"I spent a lot of time with him here and I know how hard he works on trying to keep himself fit, he's a fantastic trainer and ready to work hard every day. I always felt he'd play well into his 30s, he's that kind of player, scoring his goals, a bit like Kevin Phillips, who played for a long time.

"It's no surprise to me he's still capable of banging in the goals and we'll have to be on our game defensively to stop him on Sunday."

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