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Premier League - Football: Defoe the last of the super subs

Sunderland striker Jermain Defoe called time on his career on Thursday, hanging up his boots for the final time at the age of 39.

The Londoner lasted longer than many of his rivals and enjoyed an incredible 22-year career, although he would have liked to add more silverware to his collection.

Defoe won the League Cup in 2008 with Tottenham, while he won the Scottish Premiership with Rangers towards the end of his career.

The former West Ham youngster turned professional with West Ham, and he also enjoyed spells at Portsmouth, Toronto FC, Sunderland and Bournemouth who are 1/14 to be promoted to the Premier League this season.

He scored 20 goals in 57 appearances for England over a 13-year career and he calls time on his career with several records to his name.

Defoe is the ninth highest scorer in the Premier League since its inception in 1992, while he is also 15th on the appearance list.

He has also scored the most Premier League goals as a "super-sub" and we take a look at the top-five to make an impact from the bench.

Jermain Defoe - 24 goals

Defoe was unique during his playing days and while he was quick, he does not have the same speed as the likes of Jamie Vardy or Cristiano Ronaldo.

His eye for goal and ability to pounce inside the penalty area got him into so many favourable positions and he delivered the goods on 24 occasions during his career.

Olivier Giroud - 21 goals

Former Arsenal and Chelsea striker Giroud might catch people by surprise with his record, but he too had a massive role to play from the replacements.

Giroud scored 21 times from the bench during his days in the English top-flight, and even though he was a regular starter at Arsenal, he eventually dropped down the pecking order.

Eighteen of Giroud's 29 Premier League appearances for Arsenal in his final season at the Emirates came from the bench, but he helped Arsene Wenger by scoring five goals.

He had a similar role at Chelsea and his ability in the air makes him a handful for all defenders, as those in Serie A are finding out, with the Frenchman currently helping 11/8 AC Milan challenge for Lo Scudetto.

Javier Hernandez - 19 goals

What a blast from the past! 'Chicarito' burst on to the scene at Manchester United under Sir Alex Ferguson and he made an immediate impact for the Red Devils.

Hernandez ended his Premier League career at Old Trafford with two titles, while he also enjoyed a short spell at West Ham.

Like Defoe, the Mexico international was mainly effective inside the penalty area, and his burst of pace helped him make an impact in the closing stages.

Ole Gunner Solskjaer - 17 goals

While he does not sit at the top of the rankings, Solskjaer is known for his ability in front of goal from the bench. He will forever be remembered for his goal in the 1999 Champions League final, but he had a similar impact in the top-flight of England.

The Norwegian scored from the bench in his first and last games for United, quite fitting really considering the career he enjoyed at the 'Theatre of Dreams'.

Daniel Sturridge - 17 goals

Sturridge's CV is something to boast about, with spells at Chelsea, Manchester City and Liverpool all on his resume.

Injuries have plagued his entire career, but the former England international still managed to showcase his skills when he stepped on to the pitch in the dying minutes.

Origi leads the way in the modern game

Liverpool striker Divock Origi has often been compared to both Hernandez and Solskjaer in the past and he continues to offer something from the bench under Jurgen Klopp.

Origi has made a knack of scoring big goals from the bench for the club, with the Belgium striker seemingly happy under the spotlight.

Klopp will hope he can keep producing the goods until the end of the season, with Liverpool 7/4 to win the Premier League title and 2/1 to triumph in the Champions League.

Others have also played a similar role, with Chris Wood scoring five goals from the bench for Burnley, although he now plays for relegation rivals Newcastle United.

Yoane Wissa's two goals from the bench for Brentford this season could be vital in their bid to survive the drop, while Alexis Mac Allister seems to be at his best off the bench, scoring three goals as a sub since joining Brighton.

The current crop have a long way to go if they want to match Defoe's record, and the England striker should back on his career with great pride, with many defenders no doubt happy he has called it a day.

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