Ex England defender Ugo Ehiogu of Nigerian descent dies

Ex England defender Ugo Ehiogu of Nigerian descent dies

Tottenham Hotspur Under-23 coach Ugo Ehiogu has passed away, the club has announced.

The former England and Aston Villa defender was rushed to hospital yesterday after collapsing at Tottenham's training centre.

The 44-year-old received medical treatment on site before being transferred to hospital by ambulance. But doctors were unable to save him.

Devastated staff and players at the club have been told this morning.

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It is with immense sadness that we announce the passing of Ugo Ehiogu, our Under-23 coach.
9:00 AM - 21 Apr 2017

A statement released by Spurs said: "It is with immense sadness that we announce the passing of Ugo Ehiogu, our Under-23 coach.

"Ugo received immediate treatment after suffering a cardiac arrest at the Training Centre yesterday before being transferred to hospital, where he passed away in the early hours of this morning."

Spurs' head of coaching and player development, John McDermott, said: 'Words cannot express the shock and sadness that we all feel at the club.

"Ugo's immense presence will be irreplaceable. Our heartfelt sympathies go out to his wife Gemma and his family.'

"The Club sends its deepest condolences to Ugo's family.

"Gemma has specifically asked that the family are given privacy at this difficult time.

"We should also like to place on record our thanks to all the medical professionals including those at North Middlesex University Hospital, Royal Brompton Hospital and Harefield Hospital for their care and support."

Ehiogu has been on the coaching staff at Spurs since 2014.

He made over 200 appearances for Aston Villa between 1991 and 2000.

Villa will hold a minute's applause before their Championship match against Birmingham City on Sunday, with both sets of players to wear black armbands.

He then went on to spend seven years at Middlesbrough.

He lifted the League Cup with Villa in 1996 and also with Middlesbrough in 2004.

Ehiogu, who was capped four times by England, also played for West Brom, Leeds, Rangers and Sheffield United before retiring in 2009.

Ehiogu began his career as a trainee at West Brom before he was taken to Villa by Ron Atkinson in 1991.

He went on to feature in more than 300 matches for Villa over a nine-year spell - and played in their FA Cup final defeat against Chelsea in 2000.

Ehiogu joined Boro for a then club-record £8million fee later that year, and in 2001 he scored his only goal for England in Sven Goran-Eriksson's first game in charge, a 3-0 friendly victory against Spain.

Knee injuries plagued the final years of Ehiogu's career at the Riverside Stadium. He joined Leeds on loan in 2006, and also had short spells with Rangers and Sheffield United before he retired from football in 2009.

Ehiogu subsequently moved into coaching and has been at Tottenham for the past three seasons.

FA Chairman Greg Clarke said: “On behalf of The FA, my sincere condolences are with the friends and family of Ugo Ehiogu and his colleagues at Tottenham Hotspur at this desperately sad time.

“A hugely popular figure across English football but particularly at Aston Villa and Middlesbrough, he was also close to many at Wembley and St. George’s Park through his England connections – both as a player and as a coach.

“He will be much missed by the game he served so well.”

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