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Finishing school: Jermain Defoe recalls how he honed his natural striking instinct as a child

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The penny dropped at a ridiculously young age for Defoe that devotion to perfecting his art would pave a prolific way ahead.And that wasn't just by staying behind out at training at the age of eight.

Defoe recalls: 'If it was a chair or anything that's got that little space at home, I used to throw the ball off a wall and volley it into that space, concentrating on the connection of the volley with both feet.

Speaking to The Big Interview with Graham Hunter podcast, Defoe opened up on the major early influences in his life and decorated career while on the brink of his loan move to Rangers.

Defoe was moved to do so when much doubt was cast over his future in October 2014.At the end of an unsatisfying first and only season in Major League Soccer with Toronto FC, Defoe stated intent to play professional football for another eight years.

Defoe has been described as an ideal foil both as strike partner and mentor to the fiery Alfredo Morelos.

A former England team-mate of Gerrard, Defoe is happy to take on the role of a dressing-room leader at Ibrox along with fellow January loan recruit Steven Davis.

If Defoe grew as a player under superb influences such as Gerrard and Howe, he became a better person thanks to a remarkable six-year-old child.

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