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Defoe delighted to pass Sheringham

Created on 09 Nov., 2012 4:09 AM GMT

Jermain Defoe says overtaking Tottenham legend Teddy Sheringham in the club's all-time scoring charts is a 'special' achievement for him.

The 30-year-old scored a hat-trick that took him to 126 goals for Spurs in the 3-1 win over Maribor in the Europa League at White Hart Lane on Thursday, and moved the club up to second in Group J with two games remaining.

Defoe has 10 goals for club and country in competitive games so far this campaign, and has overtaken his boyhood idol Sheringham, who scored 124 goals for the club.

"Obviously as a forward you get judged on scoring goals," Defoe told ITV. "It is always the best feeling in the world. For me that is special on a personal note because Teddy is a player I used to watch as a kid, he was a fantastic player and a great goalscorer for club and country so I'm happy with that."

Despite missing out on Roy Hodgson's England squad, Defoe flourished in Andre Villas-Boas' 4-4-2 formation, and said that the Spurs manager's change in tactics was a step forward from recent weeks.

"Yeah I think it was a lot better," Defoe said. "We pressed high from the minute go and the tempo was good. The movement was good, we kept the ball better and I'm sure everyone is delighted.

"It was important that we won the game tonight. It was important that we bounced back from the result at the weekend and I was delighted."

Defoe's goals came courtesy of two assists from Gareth Bale. Despite the change of formation providing the victory, the Welshman wasn't convinced it was the tactical change which was solely responsible for their win.

"I'm not too sure to be honest (if the formation helped Spurs tonight)," said Bale.

"We needed to bounce back from the weekend result and we certainly did that."

Spurs missed out on the Champions League last season despite finishing fourth in the Premier League after Chelsea's historic win in Munich in May.

But despite being downhearted by having to appear in the Europa League, Bale says that the team are fully focused and want to win the competition.

"I think everybody wants to be playing in the Champions League," Bale said.

"Obviously we were unfortunate not to get in their last season but this is the next best thing. We've all put 100 percent in every game we have played, we have taken the competition seriously and hopefully we can win this one."

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