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Tottenham's Defoe wants to remain top of the scoring charts

Tottenham striker Jermain Defoe is determined to become the Premier League's top scorer this term following his five-goal haul against Wigan. The 27-year-old's emphatic performance in the 9-1 demolition of the Latics at White Hart Lane on Sunday took his tally for the campaign to 11 and to the top of the goalscoring charts - a position he intends to hold on to.

"It would be the first time I'd won the Golden Boot, so I'd like to do it this year," he told the Evening Standard.

While Defoe also revealed his desire to play against the best in the world in the Champions League, saying: "I always watch Champions League games on television.

"It's another competition where you're playing against the best and I'd be playing against the best defenders in the world. It's a great tournament.

"That is the pressure you want as a professional. All the best athletes and players over the years thrive on that pressure and cannot wait for the next game to arrive."

The former West Ham youngster was also delighted that his showing against Wigan had gone some way to repaying his team-mates for his 'stupid' red card against Portsmouth, with Spurs losing two of the three games he missed through suspension.

"It was important to come back like this because I owed something to the team. It was stupid and I shouldn't have got sent off," he added.

"When I got sent off I knew what I had done straight away and it was out of character. I can't remember the last time I was booked."


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