Jermain Defoe to make MLS debut this weekend

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Former Tottenham striker Jermain Defoe will make his MLS debut for Toronto FC this weekend.

The Englishman will be handed his first competitive start by former Premier League defender Ryan Nelsen.

Defoe, who decided to swap north London for Canada in January, has not played since Tottenham’s slender 1-0 win against Everton on February 9.

The 31-year-old’s time at Tottenham was cut slightly short as he was struggling with a hamstring injury at the end of February.

However Defoe has now shaken off the minor injury problem and is expected to line up alongside the likes of Michael Bradley and Julio Cesar in Toronto FC’s opening game against the Seattle Sounders on Saturday.

Defoe will be hoping he can maintain his fine goalscoring record in the MLS to cement a place in Roy Hodgson’s 23-man England squad.

Hodgson named Defoe in his squad to face Denmark at Wembley at the beginning of the month, however the former Tottenham and Portsmouth forward spent the majority of the match on the substitutes’ bench.

Defoe has scored a cumulative total of 10 goals in 23 games for club and country this season - with most of his appearances for Tottenham coming from the bench.

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