Defoe hoping the pitter-patter of tiny feet can provide inspiration
Jermain Defoe hopes to follow Gareth Bale's example and use fatherhood as a footballing inspiration. Defoe will tonight make his first Tottenham start for nearly five weeks in the Europa League last-16 first leg against Inter Milan. Since being out injured, he has become a father for the first time.
After Bale's remarkable goal-scoring run since the birth of his first child, the England striker said the loss of his father last year, and this new birth, will act as motivation on the pitch.
"I picked up an ankle injury and was a bit down, I've been through a lot and you have to bounce back, come back stronger and help the team kick on," he said.
"It does make you think you want to do well for the people you have lost, and I have a little boy now, so I want to work hard to be a better person and keep on doing what I'm doing".
Defoe has already seen Bale score 18 goals in 24 games since he became a father in October.
"He has 'little AVB', little Alba," Defoe revealed yesterday. Defoe admitted to teasing Bale over his daughter's famous initials. "Her middle name is Violet (alba Violet Bale). I give him stick. Gaz is the first one to be on someone, giving them banter, so if you have a chance to get it back, you have to."
Defoe, like all Spurs players, is revelling in Bale's incredible run: "You talk about special players, with what Gaz has done, the goals he has scored and how he scored them out of nothing. Everyone was tired (the 3-2 win at West Ham) and for him to get it out of his feet and smash it into the top corner was something special."
While Spurs' push to qualify for the Champions League is the focus, they have a good chance of winning the Europa League and Andre Villas-Boas has promised to play a strong team tonight.
Defoe would love the chance to win some silverware. "When you look at the team we've got, you do think we should be winning trophies," he said. "So it would be great. Just keep winning matches and then you never know." (©Independent News Service)
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