Football - Tottenham squad best in my time - Defoe

Tottenham striker Jermain Defoe believes the current crop of players is the best he has played with during his time at White Hart Lane.

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Defoe, 30, has spent more than seven years as a Spurs player over two spells at the club.

During that time the England international has played with the likes of Dimitar Berbatov, Rafael van der Vaart, Robbie Keane and Luka Modric, but Defoe feels the squad assembled under Andre Villas-Boas is brimming with quality.

"I think it probably is the best squad since I have been here," he said.

"As a player I have always said when you are playing with good players it makes it easier. Especially as a forward, you know you are going to get chances in a game to score.

"There are players that could walk into other top teams in the Premier League, but it is great for everyone and keeps you on your toes because you know if you get an opportunity you have to take it.

"We have that winning mentality in training - it is just a good time to be here.

"There are players that can come into the team and do well so there is that competition which is always healthy. It is a great time to be at the club, we are playing with great players and the sky is the limit."

Gareth Bale has been grabbing the headlines for Spurs of late and will have fond memories of facing Inter Milan on Thursday after he scored a hat-trick in a Champions League tie between the two sides in 2010.

"I don't think he has surprised me to be honest, he is a great player and what he has done over the past couple of months has been unbelievable," Defoe said of Bale.

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