July 13, 2017 15:18 GMT by dailymail.co.uk

Jermain Defoe to attend funeral of Bradley Lowery

Jermain Defoe to attend funeral of Bradley Lowery

Jermain Defoe has left Bournemouth's pre-season training camp in Spain to travel back to England to attend the funeral of Bradley Lowery on Friday.

Jermain Defoe has left Bournemouth's pre-season training camp in Spain to travel back to England to attend the funeral of Bradley Lowery on Friday.

During his time at Sunderland, the England striker struck up a close friendship with Bradley, who died on July 7 from a rare form of cancer aged six.

The funeral will take place at St Joseph's Church in Blackhall Colliery, County Durham, with the memorial service also set to be played on loud speakers outside.

Jermaine defoe will head back from training camp for the funeral of Bradley Lowery

Jermaine defoe will head back from training camp for the funeral of Bradley Lowery

The family will then be having a private ceremony at a crematorium.

Bournemouth posted a message on the club's official Twitter feed.

It read: 'Jermain Defoe has today departed our pre-season training camp and returned to the UK for the funeral of Bradley Lowery.'

The Bournemouth strike struck up a heart-warming friendship with Bradley Lowery

The Bournemouth strike struck up a heart-warming friendship with Bradley Lowery

Defoe, 34, signed a three-year deal with the Cherries after leaving Sunderland following their relegation from the Premier League.

Eddie Howe's squad are currently away in Marbella, where they will take on Portuguese side Estoril in a friendly on Saturday.

Bournemouth open the new Premier League season at West Brom on August 12.

Lowery suffered from a rare form of cancer and passed away on July 7 

Lowery suffered from a rare form of cancer and passed away on July 7 

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