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Tottenham 'legend' Defoe to miss farewell ahead of Toronto move

Jermain Defoe has played his last game for Tottenham after being ruled out of the clubs Europa League clash with Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk on Thursday night.

The 31-year old striker, who signed with MLS club Toronto FC last month, was set to says his farewells to Spurs fans at White Hart Lane in the Round of 32 second leg against the Ukrainian club but a hamstring strain has denied him the opportunity to do so in a playing capacity.

When asked by reporters at the pre-match press conference if Defoe would be fit, Spurs boss Tim Sherwood confirmed that the England international had appeared for the last time for the north London club.

"Unfortunately not," said Sherwood when quizzed on whether or not Defoe would play.

"He'll be out of the game. He will say his goodbyes at half-time hopefully."

Of Defoe's Tottenham career, Sherwood added: "Jermain Defoe is possibly one of - obviously Jimmy Greaves you would argue - the best goalscorers this club has ever seen.

"Let's hope we can find another one like Jermain Defoe because he is all about goals. Whenever he put on the Tottenham shirt, he always played with his heart and spirit for the club and would give everything.

"Everyone appreciates his efforts here and he certainly will be a legend at the football club."

Defoe is expected to link up with new club Toronto over the coming weekend as the Reds get set for their 2014 MLS season opener with Seattle Sounders on March 15 following an opening week bye.

The former West Ham United, Bournemouth and Portsmouth attacker ends his career with Tottenham having scored 143 goals to sit fifth on the clubs all-time scorers list.

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