By Spencer Morgan For Mailonline
Published: 00:16 BST, 18 July 2017 | Updated: 00:16 BST, 18 July 2017
Former Sunderland striker Jermain Defoe has been listed among the favourites for the BBC Sports Personality of the Year award.
The 34-year-old has received praise for his support for late Black Cats fan Bradley Lowery, who tragically passed away earlier this month after fighting neuroblastoma.
Defoe, who joined Bournemouth from Sunderland after the club were relegated, befriended the seriously ill youngster as he battled the cancer.
Jermain Defoe looks on during the funeral of six-year-old Bradley Lowery on Thursday
Defoe befriended the