Tottenham striker Jermain Defoe has laid down the gauntlet ahead of next season, challenging his teammates to win the Europa League and go on to qualify for the Champions League.

Harry Redknapp's side missed out on a return to Europe's elite competition next year, after a fifth-placed finish this campaign.

But Spurs will have the consolation of flexing their muscles in UEFA's second-tier tournament next season, something that Defoe still feels can benefit the club.

"We want to get back in the Champions League and we have to try to win the Europa League. I'm looking forward to it already," he said.

"We finished fifth with a lot of good work from the boys and, hopefully, next season will be a good one for everyone."


After an impressive debut campaign, Redknapp reflected on Spurs' season as their 'best ever', despite the end of year disappointment of missing out on the top-four to an ever-improving Manchester City side.

Redknapp says that the difference between the best and the rest in the Barclays Premier League is the level of consistency – a view echoed by Tottenham defender William Gallas.

"This team can win a trophy, I'm certain of that but we have to learn from our experiences," he said.

"Maybe we haven't been as consistent as we should be and that's got to change.

"If we want to qualify for the Champions League, if we want to win the Premier League then we have to be relentless.

"I've been fortunate to have won trophies and I know what it takes.

"You have to go out there, raise yourself for every game, and be prepared to suffer just to make sure you get the three points."

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