Checkatrade Trophy final: Ex-Portsmouth striker Jermain Defoe backs Sunderland to lift trophy at Wembley

FORMER Pompey striker Jermain Defoe is backing Sunderland to beat his old side at Wembley this afternoon.

Sunday, 31st March 2019, 11:38 am
Updated Sunday, 31st March 2019, 11:46 am
Jermain Defore played for Pompey in the Premier League

The England international scored 14 goals in 30 appearances for Portsmouth between 2008-09 when the Blues were in the Premier League. 

Defoe, who now plays for SPL side Rangers, also played 87 games for Sunderland between 2015 and 2017. 

However despite playing for both teams over the years, he is backing the Black Cats to lift the Checkatrade Trophy. 

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Jermain Defore played for Pompey in the Premier League

This morning, Defoe tweeted: ‘Good luck to everyone @SunderlandAFC today!

‘Been a tough few years and you all deserve it!

‘Bring that trophy home! Oh and about last night... #WontBeHomeForTea.’ 

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Pompey fans reacted with disappointment to the tweet – with some replying to the tweet with gifs of Kenny Jackett looking bemused and one that said Pompey fans be like: ‘what about me’. 

The tweet has also drawn some ire from Rangers fans, ahead of the Old Firm Derby. 

One person tweeted: ‘Ugh. Why is Defoe sending out tweets about his old club on old firm day.’ 

Follow all the build up to today’s Checkatrade Trophy final, which will hopefully leave Defoe disappointed, in our live blog here