Newcastle player reacts as Sunderland legend Defoe retires

Newcastle United defender Kieran Trippier has posted on his Instagram story ‘What a career’ after Sunderland striker Jermain Defoe announced his retirement from football.

The 39-year-old spoke up social media that he is ending his 22-year football career – from starting at West United to graduating at Sunderland.

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Defoe would have enjoyed his best moments in Tottenham colors as well as during his time at Rangers where he lifted the Scottish Premiership title.

After leaving Ibrox, he recently returned to the Stadium of Light where he had hoped for a fairytale ending, but he ended it immediately.

Nonetheless, Newcastle right-back Trippier, who would have faced Defoe on many occasions, sent this message to the former Englishman in his IG story.

“What a career,” Trippier said. “Enjoy your retirement, brother.”

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Newcastle fans might hate to hear it, but that volley in the Tyne Wear derby will long be remembered by Sunderland fans.

This has boosted Defoe’s status with the Black Cats, although on his return to the club he failed to make the top scorer chart as they attempt to get out of League One.

That said, not many players can stand tall and tell their grandchildren that they’ve represented England on the big stage and scored an incredible 162 Premier League goals.

That puts Defoe ninth on the all-time list with Robbie Fowler, Thierry Henry, Frank Lampard, Harry Kane, Sergio Aguero, Andy Cole, Wayne Rooney and Alan Shearer the only players before him since 1992.

It’s an achievement from the Englishman who has recently worked as a pundit so this could be the next step in his career.

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