Former Manchester United, Chelsea and England midfielder Ray Wilkins dies aged 61

Former England midfielder Ray Wilkins has died in hospital aged 61 after suffering a cardiac arrest.

Wilkins, who turned out for Manchester United, Chelsea and AC Milan, was taken to St George's Hospital in Tooting last week and placed in an induced coma after falling.

He leaves behind his wife Jackie and two children, Ross and Jade.

A statement from Chelsea read: "Everybody associated with Chelsea Football Club is devastated to learn of the passing of our former player, captain and assistant coach, Ray Wilkins. Rest in peace, Ray, you will be dreadfully missed."

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Wilkins had carried out media duties on talkSPORT and Sky Sports – he was a regular pundit on both platforms – shortly before the incident on Friday.

A hugely popular figure in the game and known by most by his nickname "Butch", he won 84 caps playing for the Three Lions including featuring at two World Cup finals. In 1986 he became the first England player ever to be sent off at a World Cup finals, when he was dismissed against Mexico for throwing the ball at the referee.

Illustrious international career

He played for 12 clubs in a playing career that spanned 24-years before going into management and then latterly television and radio work, but it was Chelsea, where he was a player, assistant and twice a caretaker manager that he is most associated.

Wilkins, who played for Chelsea, Manchester United and Queens Park Rangers during his 24-year playing career, captained his country during an illustrious international career that saw him win 84 caps for England.

He started his career there in 1973 as a teenager and would go on to play for Manchester United, AC Milan and Paris St Germain. A reliable midfielder, he had two stints at Queens Park Rangers and played for a number clubs before ending his career at the end of the 1997 season at Leyton Orient.

He received an MBE at Buckingham Palace in 1993, and after hanging up his boots, he would go on to coach at a number of clubs, including Chelsea, Fulham, Watford and the Jordan national team.

He started his career there in 1973 as a teenager and would go on to play for Manchester United, AC Milan and Paris St Germain. A reliable midfielder, he had two stints at Queens Park Rangers and played for a number clubs before ending his career at the end of the 1997 season at Leyton Orient.

He received an MBE at Buckingham Palace in 1993, and after hanging up his boots, he would go on to coach at a number of clubs, including Chelsea, Fulham, Watford and the Jordan national team.

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