Jermain: I’m one big bore
JERMAIN DEFOE admits he is England’s ‘Mr Boring’.
Defoe, 34, is relishing his international return after more than three years in the wilderness.
He was recalled by Gareth Southgate in March and is determined to make the most of it even if his monk-like methods make him unpopular at home.
“I do everything – yoga, pilates and a lot of power work in the gym, which is something I have always done anyway,” he said.
“I eat the right things, I understand my body a lot more now. I speak to the nutritionist, the doctors, the physio and ask what do I need to make me better?
“At times it is boring.You want a day when you just want to eat sweets or go to the cinema and have popcorn, but it is a sacrifice.
“I know when I am doing it right how I feel in games – I feel fresh and I feel good – and there is no better feeling. You get tempted but you’ve got to be disciplined.
“When I was younger, I used to have a lot of desserts. I always enjoy eating out and going to nice restaurants, but now I mainly eat at home.
“My girlfriend says I am boring, because I always eat the same things. She always says, ‘Why don’t you mix it up?’ But if it works you continue doing it – so no more desserts.”
The Bournemouth striker won the first of his 57 caps in 2004 and dreams of signing off in style at next summer’s World Cup.
“Of course I think about the World Cup,” he said.
“I want to score goals for Bournemouth and show people I can still do it. I want to stay in and around the England squad. It would be a dream to play at another World Cup.”