Jermain: I’m one big bore

Daily Star - - Star Sport - By JEREMY CROSS

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.”


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