Defoe confident of survival

Jermaine Defoe claims survival for Sunderland this season will be as euphoric for the club as Leicester City winning the title.

The former Tottenham Hotspur striker is confident the Black Cats will avoid the drop ahead of Norwich City and rivals Newcastle United with three games remaining.

Sunderland’s fate is in their own hands with their three remaining games coming against Chelsea, Everton and Watford, with Defoe admitting he has no doubts about their ability to stay in the division.

“There’ll be relief of course but also euphoria,” he the Daily Star. “Believe me when we stay up, the feeling will be every bit as intense as it was for the Leicester boys.

“People may scoff at that but in that moment, we’ll feel exactly the same as they did when Eden Hazard scored Chelsea’s equaliser against Tottenham.”

“Not at any stage have I thought we’d go down,” the former England international added.

“For weeks now, I’ve had this picture in my head of me scoring the winner at Watford next week.

“Don’t ask me to describe the goal. I just see the ball hitting the back of the net and me celebrating.”