England striker Jermain Defoe returned to England today just 24 hours after leaving after the shock death of his father, Jimmy, from throat cancer. His team is currently in Poland for the ‘Euro 2012‘ games, and were getting ready for their 1st training session when Jermain made the hasty decision to fly home from Krakow. His father, who famously managed to live off £50 a week in state benefits, lived just a few miles away from his famous son, but they lived 2 very different lives.
Jermain‘s club ‘Tottenham Hotspurs‘ have released a statement: “Jermain Defoe has returned home from the England squad base in Poland this morning after receiving the sad news of the passing away of his father overnight. Everyone at the club sends their sincere condolences to Jermain and his family.” The ‘FA‘ said: “Jermain will re-join the England ‘Euro‘ squad in due course. There will be no replacement player called in. We would ask all media to respect Jermain and his family’s privacy at this difficult time.”
The grieving player himself tweeted just an hour ago: “I want to thank the fans, my family & friends, the England boys, the ‘FA‘ & the manager for their support. I can’t tell you how much it means to me, I love you all, may God bless you. A special thank you to Royal Marsden‘s doctors & nurses who looked after my Dad, very special people.”