Premier League mark Sunderland striker Jermain Defoe’s 400th league appearance with £5,000 donation

Jermain Defoe in action for Sunderland against Norwich City - his 400th Premier League appearance

Jermain Defoe in action for Sunderland against Norwich City - his 400th Premier League appearance

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Jermain Defoe reached an impressive landmark recently - making his 400th appearance in the Premier League.

And to mark the achievement, officials at the Premier League have announced they are to make a £5,000 donation to the Jermain Defoe Foundation or a UK charity of his choice.

The 32-year-old Sunderland striker revealed the news on his Twitter account - @IAmJermainDefoe - after reaching the landmark in last month’s defeat to Norwich City at the Stadium of Light.

Defoe tweeted: “Really grateful for my 400th appearance acknowledgement from @premierleague.”

The striker - who is set to lead the line at Dean Court against Bournemouth on Saturday - has been described as one of the Premier League’s “great strikers” by top flight officials.

The Premier League letter read: “Congratulations on your recent 400th Premier League appearance. It is a huge milestone that sets a great example to any young professional embarking on a career in football.

“Through your consistent excellence at West Ham United, Tottenham Hotspur, Portsmouth and Sunderland, you have become one of the Premier League’s great strikers.

“To mark your achievement, the Premier League would like to:

“1. Make a £5,000 donation to the Jermain Defoe Foundation in St Lucia or a UK charity of your choice.”

The Jermain Defoe Foundation works with homeless, vulnerable and abused children in St Lucia.

The England international and his family have been sending clothes, food and medical supplies to the Caribbean country for several years, while Defoe has also been building his own children’s home, which is on the verge of being completed.

The Black Cats striker opened up to the Echo recently about his work with the Foundation - hitting out at the media circus which had followed his search for a new personal assistant, insisting he simply needed help with his charity work.

Defoe set up the foundation two years ago after initially working with the Holy Family Children’s Home, which had been the only such facility on the island.

That prompted Defoe to build his own children’s home, but after visiting St Lucia in the summer, the former Spurs frontman says he has needed a helping hand in running his charity.