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The Toe Poke
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 By Chris Wright

Bradley Lowery overjoyed by Jermain Defoe's England call-up

England manager Gareth Southgate raised more than a few eyebrows by calling a raft of fresh and uncapped faces into his squad for the upcoming games against Germany and Lithuania.

The headline was a recall for veteran striker Jermain Defoe, who has been welcomed back into the international fold after winning his last cap way back in November 2013.

However, the news of Defoe's inclusion was most warmly celebrated by his littlest chum, young Sunderland fan Bradley Lowery, with whom the 34-year-old has struck up quite a friendship.

Five-year-old Bradley, who suffers from a rare form of cancer, was already set to lead England out at Wembley before the World Cup qualifier against Lithuania, but his joy was visibly doubled when he learned that his mate Jermain was also going to be there with him.

Here's wishing Bradley the very best.

Chris covers the funny side of the game for ESPN FC in the Toe Poke blog.

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