Popular former Rangers striker Jermain Defoe is set to announce his retirement from football with “immediate effect”, according to reports.
The legendary former Spurs, West Ham, Pompey, and England forward is back at Sunderland having been released by the Gers ahead of the January window.
But things haven’t quite worked out as planned since his return to the now English League One club, with Jermain Defoe making only seven appearances for the Mackems without scoring a goal.
This has led to Sunderland Echo journalist James Copley claiming that the 39-year-old forward is about to hang up his boots with “immediate effect”.
At the time of writing, there has been no official announcement but if Jermain Defoe is to hang up his boots, the legendary poacher will call time on an incredible playing career.
Considered one of the best English strikers of his generation, Jermain Defoe is also a hugely charitable footballing figure and one of the most respected players in the game.
Sunderand star Jermain Defoe set to announce retirement?
Joining Rangers in the January of 2019, Jermain Defoe came with the intention of securing 55 for the club and left with the trophy and having left a lasting impression on Ibrox.
This was in the twilight of the striker’s career yet the forward’s contribution was immense, Jermain Defoe netting 32 goals in 72 appearances, averaging a goal every 99 or so minutes.
After the exit of Steven Gerrard – the Liverpool legend having given Jermain a player/coach role at Rangers – the writing was somewhat on the wall for the striker.
Prior to moving to Rangers, Jermain Defoe also played with Tottenham Hotspur, West Ham, Sunderland, Portsmouth, Bournemouth and even Toronto FC.
Scoring 162 Premier League goals, Jermain Defoe sits 9th in the all-time Premier League scoring ranks and also played 57 times for England, scoring 20 goals.
If Jermain Defoe is set to retire from playing, then everyone associated with Rangers will wish the former striker all the best in whatever he choses to go into next.
Meanwhile, Rangers fans are being left behind as infighting threatens to mar the club’s 150th anniversary celebrations.