April 4, 2018 / 1:28 PM / 6 months ago

Soccer-Former England captain Wilkins dies age 61

LONDON, April 4 (Reuters) - Former England captain Ray Wilkins died on Wednesday in a London hospital following a heart attack, the Professional Footballers’ Association (PFA) said.

Wilkins suffered a cardiac arrest on Saturday and was admitted to St George’s Hospital, where he was put in an induced coma.

“It is with great sadness and heavy hearts that we have learnt that former England midfielder Ray Wilkins has passed away, aged 61,” the PFA said in a statement on Twitter.

“The thoughts and condolences of everyone at the PFA are with his family and friends.”

Wilkins won 84 caps for England between 1976 and 1986.

He played more than 150 times for each of Chelsea, Manchester United and Queen’s Park Rangers, with shorter spells abroad for AC Milan and Paris St Germain.

In a 20-year coaching career he was manager of QPR, Fulham and the Jordan national team, and assistant manager in two spells at Chelsea. (Reporting by Simon Jennings in Bengaluru; Editing by Ken Ferris)

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