Defoe admits beating Fowler record would be ‘special’

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Jermain Defoe has admitted it would be “special” if he could go past the goalscoring record of Robbie Fowler in his career.

Defoe scored his 150th top-flight goal in Sunderland’s 3-0 win over Hull on Saturday, and needs just 13 more to move above Fowler.

The 34-year-old has bagged seven league so far goals this season, in addition to the 15 he managed last campaign, and admits that he has the record in his sights.

“If I can go above him it would be special,” Defoe told Sky Sports News.

“It’s a long way to go but I’ll just take them as they come. I always believe that each game I play I’ll get a chance or half-chance and it’s just down to me to take it.”

Defoe’s Premier League career looked to be over in 2014 when he moved to Toronto FC, but the former England international did state that he still feels in good shape.


“We’ll see,” said Defoe, when asked how long he would continue playing.

“I’ve always enjoyed scoring goals, training. I’ve still got that same buzz. Even when I score in training I’ve got that same buzz.

“I’ve always looked after myself, I’ve always given myself the best opportunity of going out on a weekend and performing. I’ve always watched my diet, set the right times.

“As I’ve got older I understand what my body needs, when to train hard, when to sort of back off, and how to prepare myself so that on a weekend I’m flying. It’s been great.”

Sunderland have found themselves in danger of the drop however, as they sit three points from safety in the Premier League table, and face high-flyers Liverpool next.