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Defoe leaves England camp following death of father

Jermain Defoe has left England’s Euro 2012 camp to fly back home after his father Jimmy passed away.

The Tottenham striker’s father lost a long fight against cancer, and the diminutive attacker has flown home for an undetermined amount of time.

It is yet to be seen how long Defoe will be absent for and whether he will return in time for the Three Lions opener against France on Monday.

“England striker Jermain Defoe has returned home to England this morning following the passing of his father overnight,” read an FA statement.

“Jermain will rejoin the England Euro squad in due course. There will be no replacement player called in.

“We would ask all media to respect Jermain and his family’s privacy at this difficult time.”

Defoe thanked all concerned after the sad event for their support and understanding.

“I want to thank the fans, my family and friends, the England boys, the FA and the manager for their support,” he said on Twitter.

“I can’t tell you how much it means to me.

“I love you all may God bless you. A special thank you to Royal Marsden’s doctors & nurses who looked after my dad v.special people.”

By Gareth McKnight

Article title: Defoe leaves England camp following death of father

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