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EXCLUSIVE: Jermain Defoe reveals he’s already planning a party for Sunderland’s survival

7 May




“Not at any stage have I thought we’d go down”


Jermain Defoe

“There’ll be relief of course but also euphoria,” added Defoe. “Believe me when we stay up, the feeling will be every bit as intense as it was for the Leicester boys.

“People may scoff at that but in that moment, we’ll feel exactly the same as they did when Edin Hazard scored Chelsea’s equaliser against Tottenham.”

Defoe doesn’t talk about “if” Sunderland avoid the drop, it’s always “when.”

“Not at any stage have I thought we’d go down,” he says.

“For weeks now, I’ve had this picture in my head of me scoring the winner at Watford next week.

“Don’t ask me to describe the goal. I just see the ball hitting the back of the net and me celebrating.”

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