Toronto FC striker Jermain Defoe has been speaking about his upbringing in an interview with Canadian television, and the deadly front man praised his mom for teaching him discipline.
The England international made the move to the MLS at the start of the year after an impressive career in the Premier League.
In two spells with Tottenham Hotspur he scored 91 goals in 182 starts, and in the interview with CBC he thanked his mom for building his mentality during his youth.
The aspects of growing up that Defoe referred to included the way his mom made sure he ate and slept well.
"I was lucky enough to have great parents. My mum was really strict on me so I was in bed by nine o'clock," he told CBC.
'She used to say things like "You need to go to bed early, you've got training tomorrow, you can't eat this, you've got eat this"
This attention to detail from his parents helped Defoe to achieve greatness with his club and country.
Defoe added that without this guidance he believes he wouldn't have become the player he is today, which is a striker that has been capped 55 times by England, scoring 19 goals.
"When I was young I used to eat the right things. I used to go to bed early, so from a young age I had a lot of energy for training," added Defoe.
"I could always train well. I could always play well. Every day she would drum into me the importance of doing the right things."