Jermain Defoe posts touching tribute to best pal Bradley Lowery on third anniversary of tragic youngster's death

JERMAIN DEFOE has paid tribute to Bradley Lowery on the third anniversary of the youngster's death.

The six-year-old struck up a close bond with the former England international before he sadly passed away on July 7, 2017.

Defoe shared a snap of himself cuddling the sleeping Sunderland fan to his Twitter page.

Alongside it, the Rangers forward wrote: "This was last pic we had together can't believe it's been 3 years! Miss you little man."

The youngster's mother, Gemma, uploaded a series of snaps of Bradley when he was born.

Alongside, she wrote: "I remembered the day Bradley was born like it was yesterday.

"I remember him coming up out of the water and taking his first breath in the big wild world.

"My little family complete me and my three boys, as long as we had each other we could get through anything."

Bradley was a regular Sunderland mascot and he held the hand of his idol Defoe.

In June 2017, Defoe penned a heartbreaking message to his "best pal" Bradley.

And the ex-Tottenham star said he was heartbroken when he found out the brave child could only have weeks to live.

The six-year-old was diagnosed with neuroblastoma at the age of just 18 months.

He beat the disease once but after some time in remission it came back in July 2016.

His family desperately raised money for treatment in the US but doctors delivered the heartbreaking news that the little boy's cancer had become terminal.

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