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Defoe shares the plaudits

Tottenham Hotspur (Spurs) Football Club is located in North London. The club is also known as Spurs. Tottenham's home ground is White Hart Lane. The club motto is Audere est Facere (To dare is to do).

Jermain Defoe was the hat-trick hero against Southampton on Saturday - but he was quick to share the plaudits with two other key performers on the day.

It was Michael Carrick who really made the team tick in midfield, chipping in with two assists in what was probably his best game for the club so far. Jermain insists he is a striker's dream and feels his display will not have gone unnoticed by England coach Sven Goran Eriksson.

"Unbelievable, his passing was brilliant!" said the admiring frontman. "I always told people how good he was from when I was with him at West Ham. As soon as he gets the ball the first thing he will do is look forward and try to slip you in.

"Here he was unbelievable and Mr Eriksson was here so that is good for him.

"He is comfortable on either foot. He always knows when to play one-touch and when to play two-touch. He is just an all-round great player."

Jermain went on to shower praise in the direction of strike partner Fredi Kanoute, who was both a goalscorer and provider against the Saints.

"Oh, I said to him in training, 'Fred, you're on fire'. He said 'no, you are', but it is him who is playing well and he is getting his goals now. He deserves it because he has been working hard and hopefully he can get many more for us."