Jermain Defoe reveals the 39-year-old is his role model.
Tottenham and England striker Jermain Defoe says that he looks to Manchester United stalwart Ryan Giggs as an inspiration now he is in his 30s – and other older players should do the same.
Giggs has signed another one-year extension with United despite being 39-years-old and the Welshman shows no signs of quitting top domestic and European football.
Although Defoe is nine years Giggs’ junior, the forward still thinks players reaching the twilight stage of their career should look to the midfielder for strength to play on.
“Years ago people used to say ‘when you get to 30 you only have a couple more years’. But with all the sports science and the recovery work you can play for a lot longer,” the 30-year-old told the FA’s website.
“Look at Ryan Giggs. It is unbelievable how he is still playing well at the top level. If you look after yourself it is not a problem.”
The former Wales international may be something of the exception to the rule when it comes to retirement from the sport, but according to Defoe it may not be such an odd occurrence in a few years time.
The Englishman is currently on international duty with the Three Lions as they prepare for the second of back-to-back friendlies against Brazil on Sunday.
The Spurs star has scored 11 Premier League goals in 34 matches this season, as he helped the team to the brink of Champions League qualification.
Defoe has also netted 16 goals for the England national team during his time playing for the country.