Jermain Defoe broke down slightly when asked about Bradley Lowery today, before paying a heartwarming tribute to the sick youngster.
Defoe – who has just signed for Bournemouth for the second time in his career – became close with the terminally-ill six-year-old whilst he was with former club Sunderland, and obviously formed a close bond with not only Bradley but his family too.
Bradley’s family had the horrible job of informing their followers on Facebook that he’d become ‘no longer responsive’ whilst in hospital receiving end-of-life care – which perhaps explains why Defoe was so visibly upset during his first news conference as a Bournemouth player this afternoon.
As you can see in the clip below, after composing himself, Defoe not only pays a brilliant tribute to Bradley, but also pledges to stay in touch with his family:
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Bradley was given the honour of leading out the England team at Wembley with his “best mate” Defoe for the World Cup qualifier against Lithuania back in March, and he was also the mascot for several Premier League teams, including his beloved Sunderland.
But, without doubt, forming such a bond with Jermain Defoe would undoubtedly be Bradley’s biggest highlight of the last year.