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Football star Jermain Defoe returns to see his 'best mate' Bradley Lowery

By Tom Wilkinson

England striker Jermain Defoe has paid another hospital visit to his "best mate", five-year-old Bradley Lowery.

The Sunderland star has struck up a close relationship with the terminally-ill little boy, who has neuroblastoma.

Defoe (34) walked out on the pitch at Wembley for the World Cup qualifier against Lithuania with Bradley last Sunday.

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The forward was due to see the mascot in hospital on Wednesday, but Bradley was too ill, so he went to see him the next day.

Bradley was photographed sitting on his hospital bed, with a Sunderland cover, next to Defoe, smiling with new toys. The boy from Blackhall, County Durham, has also been invited to attend the Grand National.

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