Former player finally gets medal for Spurs success

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Dom Le Roy

Bournemouth striker Jermain Defoe has finally been handed his League Cup medal ten years after Tottenham beat Chelsea to clinch the cup in 2008.

The striker made a move to Portsmouth in January of 2008, before Tottenham played Chelsea in the final.

Defoe featured five times for Spurs in that year’s competition, which saw the Lillywhites pull off some amazing wins including a 5-1 thrashing of Arsenal in the second leg of the semi-final.

Speaking about finally receiving his long overdue medal, the former Tottenham striker told Sky Sports: “It’s a nice feeling to have been a part of the history of that club.”

Tottenham won the final in 2008 courtesy of a second-half penalty by Dimitar Berbatov and an extra time header from Jonathan Woodgate after Chelsea took the lead through a Didier Drogba freekick.

Defoe admits that he was cheering the lads on as they took on the men from Stamford Bridge.

He added, “I remember contributing to help the boys get to that stage and after that, it was actually nice to sit back and watch the lads go on to lift the trophy. At the end of the day, they’re all your friends and you still want them to win, to get your medal!”

Defoe returned back to White Hart Lane from Portsmouth the subsequent year after Harry Redknapp replaced Juande Ramos at the helm, and went on to play 363 games for the club in total.

It is certainly good news that one of Tottenham’s modern-day greats now has a medal to show for the time he spent with the club.

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