Former England striker Alan Shearer has led the tributes to Graham Taylor, who died on Thursday at the age of 72 from a suspected heart attack.
Taylor handed the then 21-year-old his England debut in 1992 against France and watched as Shearer netted the first of 30 goals at international level.
Taylor's England career was preceded and followed by managerial spells at Watford and Aston Villa and many players who worked under him were quick to pay their respects on Twitter.
Completely shocked by news of Graham Taylor. Always held him in the very highest regard - the man who gave me my first @england cap. So sad.-- Alan Shearer (@alanshearer) January 12, 2017
Sad news about Graham Taylor . Had so much respect for him . Gave me my premier league debut and I will always be thankful .-- Peter Crouch (@petercrouch) January 12, 2017
Very sad to hear the news about Graham Taylor. A @WatfordFC legend and an absolute gentleman-- Ashley Young (@youngy18) January 12, 2017
Devastated to hear the news Graham Taylor has passed away. Greatest influence on my career. My condolences to Rita and family-- Tony Daley MSc (@TonyDaley7) January 12, 2017
Really sad news to hear the news that Graham Taylor has passed away. He gave me my England debut against France.
Lovely man... RIP
-- Rob Jones (@RobjonesLFC2) January 12, 2017
So sad to hear Graham Taylor has passed. Learnt so much and enjoyed it so much under him. Gone but will never be forgotten #RIP-- Micah Hyde (@Hydey_8) January 12, 2017