Jermain Defoe leads birthday tributes to 'best mate' Bradley Lowery

'A brave and inspirational young lad' - Twitter wishes Sunderland fan Bradley Lowery a happy birthday

Today is Bradley Lowery's birthday (Stock image)

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Today terminally-ill Bradley Lowery is celebrating his sixth birthday and many have taken to Twitter to wish him a happy birthday.

The Sunderland fan has a rare childhood cancer called neuroblastoma and had been invited to watch his football team face Chelsea today (May 17).

The club have supported him since he was given a terminal diagnosis last year, according to The Sun, and he has been led out on the pitch several times.

Unfortunately his parents have announced that he is too ill to travel to the game today, but have planned to celebrate his birthday with a party in two days' time.

Many Twitter users have taken a moment to wish the boy a wonderful birthday, take a look at the reaction below