In April 2011, Defoe became the 20th player to score a century of Premier League goals, and is currently the seventh-highest goalscorer in Premier League history.
Two years later, he took the controversial decision, aged 16, to turn professional with West Ham United, following which Charlton were subsequently awarded compensation rising to £1.4 million contingent on Defoe's Premier League and international appearances.
"When the time comes there will be a update on his page first before anywhere else.
Thank you for all your kind words and support." Defoe, who befriended Bradley while playing for Sunderland and described their relationship as the “highlight of his season”, has promised to keep in touch with the family who are from Blackhall Colliery near Hartlepool. I was with him a few days ago and it was tough to see him suffer like that," Defoe said at the press conference.
Jermain Defoe has broken down into tears while paying tribute to Bradley Lowery and admitting the terminally ill six-year-old only has “days” to live.
The former Sunderland player has forged a close friendship with the young Black Cats fan and mascot who has the rare childhood cancer neuroblastoma.
He made his first-team debut for West Ham in 2000, and after a season-long loan spell at Bournemouth during the 2000–01 season, established himself in the West Ham line-up.
"He had a special relationship with Jermain Defoe and their feelings for each other were evident for all to see. "Bradley's story not only touched our club and our fans, but also the wider football community.His family say they believe Bradley wanted to see his loved ones altogether as a way of saying goodbye.At the beginning of June they said Bradley had just 'weeks' to live.Thousands of people lined the streets of Blackhall, County Durham, ahead of the service at St Joseph's Catholic Church, where the youngster was baptised six years ago.A piper lead the horse-drawn carriage carrying his coffin through the village, which came to a halt to pay tribute to the little boy with the beaming smile.His family posted pictures of the affair to Facebook showing the sportsman cuddling Bradley as he fell asleep.