West Ham striker shares touching tribute to former teammate on Instagram

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West Ham United youngster shares his personal tribute to former teammate on social networking site Instagram.

Promising young Hammers striker Elliot Lee, son of ex-England star Rob Lee, has taken to social media to pay a touching tribute to his former teammate Dylan Tombides.

Australian Tombides died aged 20 back in April 2014 following a three-year battle with testicular cancer.

The 20-year-old was first diagnosed with cancer while representing Australia during the 2011 Under 17 World Cup in Mexico.

But much-loved Dylan's former teammate and friend Lee, who is currently out on loan at Colchester United, showed his fellow striker will never be forgotten by posting a special tribute on what would have been Tombides' 22nd birthday today.

'Miss you every day'

Lee said on Instagram: "Happy 22nd Birthday my bro! Miss you everyday mate, keep watching over us Dyl!" 

The Perth-born Tombides was regarded as one of the most exciting young players to come out of Australia after signing with West Ham as a 14-year-old.

After being diagnosed the popular youngster bravely battled back to make his first-team debut off the substitutes' bench in West Ham's League Cup match against Wigan in 2012.

At the time of his death then FIFA president Sepp Blatter led the messages of condolences to Tombides' family.

Popular starlet left a big impression on West Ham

Tombides had a big impact on his former West Ham Academy teammates.

George Moncur, son of West Ham cult hero John, who is now a teammate of Lee at Colchester got a tattoo about his friend.

And Lee took off his shirt after scoring for Luton Town during a previous loan spell to reveal a t-shirt saying 'For you Dyl, gone but never forgotten'.

Tombides will be remembered at West Ham's Olympic Stadium where the club will lay a 'legend's stone' in his honour alongside the likes of Bobby Moore, Sir Trevor Brooking, Julian Dicks, Billy Bonds and Paolo Di Canio in the summer.

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