Reaction: Jermain Defoe delighted to score 23rd goal for Spurs in Europe and break Martin Chivers' record

Jermain Defoe revealed he had been given words of encouragement by Martin Chivers before he surpassed his European goalscoring record in Tottenham's 2-1 win over FC Sheriff in the Europa League.

The England striker converted a penalty to claim his 23rd European goal for the club, one more than Chivers managed during his time at White Hart Lane.

It followed a first Tottenham goal for Erik Lamela as Spurs secured safe passage into the knockout rounds despite Ismail Isa grabbing a goal on 72 minutes to keep Tottenham on their toes.

All eyes were on Defoe to see if he could make a history and he described how he had bumped into Chivers at White Hart Lane on Thursday night.

He told our reporter Ned Boulting: "He's a legend, I saw him at half time.

"He said to me keep it going you'll get it

"So nice for someone like Martin to say that."

He added: "It was frustrating tonight, I couldn't really get much space.

"I just thought to myself stay patient.

"To go to the top of the list, I'm delighted.

"I was confident, what an opportunity to do it."