Defoe reveals heartache

01 May 2009 05:31
Jermain Defoe has thanked Tottenham fans for their support following the murder of his half-brother. Jade Defoe, 26, fell into a coma following a street attack in Leytonstone and died in hospital last Friday. Jermain did not travel to Old Trafford for Spurs' 5-2 defeat by Manchester United last weekend but is back in the squad for Saturday's home game against relegation-threatened West Brom. "I received a lot of cards, letters and messages from Spurs fans and that's something special so I'd like to thank them all," said Defoe. "The club has been so supportive. It's been tough but I've had good people around me and that's helped. "I'm ready (to return). If I manage to start it would be great but I just want to get out there and do my stuff." The attack occurred on Monday last week and Defoe feared the worst when his mother appeared at the club's Lodge training base on the Friday. The England striker left training early and has revealed how the whole ordeal will have a lasting impact on his life. "My mum turned up at the training ground and because I'm so close to my mum and my family, I knew instantly something was wrong," he added. "She didn't have to say a word, I knew. I got the news and went straight to the hospital. It wasn't a nice experience but it was one I'll never forget. "All my family were at his bedside and it was hard, as you can imagine. It's hard to put into words how I felt but I'm glad I was there. "When things like that happen it puts everything else into perspective. The things you thought were really important, the most important things in life, you realise they are not. "My brother will always be in my thoughts and in my heart, and I'm sure this will make me stronger and appreciate everything in life."

Source: SKY_Sports