'My best friend': Jermain Defoe's emotional tribute to 'inspirational' Bradley Lowery

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Jermain Defoe has paid an emotional tribute to little Bradley Lowery, who he described as his “best friend.”

The Premier League footballer said the six-year-old, who lost his battle with cancer, will continue to inspire him.

Bradley, whose battle with a rare childhood cancer captured the hearts of thousands, died at home in County Durham on Friday.

He struck a close friendship with the England and Bournemouth striker who hugged Bradley when the boy joined the footballer as a mascot on the pitch ahead of matches.

Defoe tweeted: “Goodbye my friend gonna miss u lots.

“I feel so blessed God brought u into my life and had some amazing moments with u and for that I’m so grateful.

“I’ll never ever forget the way u looked at me wen I met u for the first time, the genuine love in those cute eyes.”


Jermain Defoe visited Bradley Lowery on Friday night (Facebook)

He added: “Really finding it hard to find words to express what u mean to me.

“The way u say my name, ur little smiles wen the cameras come out like a little superstar and the love I felt wen I was with u.”

Jermain Defoe: Bradley Lowery will always be in my heart

Defoe said the boy’s courage will inspire him, adding: “You will never know what a difference you made to me as a person.

“God has you in his arms and I will always carry you in my heart. Sleep tight little one. My best friend.”

A week before his death, Bradley and Defoe were pictured snuggled up together at the youngster’s home after the little boy had a party in bed as a way of saying goodbye.

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