Sunderland striker Defoe insists team spirit is 'unreal'by Rohan Toure 16/02/2017 19:19:00 0 comments 1 Views
- Sunderland have travelled to New York City for a four-day bonding trip
- Jermain Defoe posed alongside goalkeeper Vito Mannone on final day of break
- The striker appeared adamant he will score for Black Cats score against Everton
- Sunderland are looking to bounce back after 4-0 defeat by Southampton
- David Moyes' men took part in a morning run around Central Park on Wednesday
By Elliott Bretland for MailOnline
Published: 19:19 EST, 16 February 2017 | Updated: 19:19 EST, 16 February 2017
Jermain Defoe has described Sunderland's team spirit as 'unreal' after their trip to New York and fired a warning to their next opponents Everton.
The striker shared an image of himself and goalkeeper Vito Mannone on Sunderland's final day in the Big Apple and appeared adamant he will get on the scoresheet at Goodison Park.
Posting the picture to his 200,000 followers on Instagram, Defoe said: 'Last day in #NYC hanging out with my boy @vito_mannone1. Team spirit unreal from back to front. One week until #VitoSaves and #JDScores... ⚽️'
Jermain Defoe poses alongside Vito Mannone during Sunderland's final day in New York City
Sunderland showed unity in Central Park during their four-day bonding trip on Wednesday
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The Black Cats head to Merseyside to face manager David Moyes' former club a week on Saturday rooted to the bottom of the Premier League table.
However, Sunderland are only two points adrift of safety and could climb out of trouble with a shock win against the Toffees.
Sunderland's players have enjoyed a four-day bonding session in the States and showed their unity with a group photo on Wednesday ahead of a morning run around Central Park.
First-team players including Defoe and Adnan Januzaj wrapped up warm alongside Moyes and coaches Robbie Stockdale and Paul Bracewell on what appeared to be a chilly day in Manhattan.
The club will be keen to restore some much-needed optimism after losing 4-0 at home to Southampton on Saturday, just a week after beating Crystal Palace by the same scoreline.
Fans took to social media in the aftermath of a bleak afternoon to express disquiet over the mid-winter break, but Moyes insisted the defeat would not alter his focus for what he wants to achieve in the Big Apple.
He said: 'No, I don't think so. We have got some time together.
'Look, a lot of teams who are out of the FA Cup are doing different things and we are doing something as well.'
Jermain Defoe looks dejected during Sunderland's heavy defeat at home to Southampton
David Moyes winces on the touchline as his Sunderland side were thrashed on their own patch
The Black Cats travel to Everton on February 25 before hosting Manchester City on March 5
SUNDERLAND'S UPCOMING FIXTURES
February 25 Everton (A)
March 5 Manchester City (H)
March 11 Middlesbrough (A)
March 18 Burnley (H)
April 1 Watford (A)
April 4 Leicester City (A)