Tributes pour in as Former England Captain Ray Wilkins dies at 61

Former Manchester United and Chelsea midfielder Ray Wilkins died on Wednesday, one week on from a heart attack and fall at his home.

The ex-England captain had been in a medically induced coma until his passing this afternoon.

His death has been confirmed by his son Ross, 36, who told newsmen: “Dad has unfortunately passed away.”

In a statement issued via St George’s Hospital, Ray’s family said: “It is with great sadness we announce that Raymond Colin Wilkins passed away this morning.

“We would like to thank St George’s staff for the amazing work they have done to care for our beloved Ray.

“We would also like to say thank you for the many goodwill messages we have received from Ray’s friends, colleagues, and members of the public.

“Ray leaves behind his loving wife, Jackie, daughter Jade, son Ross, and his beautiful grandchildren, Oliver, Frankie, Ava, Freddie, Jake and Archie.

“We are asking for privacy at this very difficult time.”

Nicknamed ‘Butch’ since childhood, Wilkins helped United lift the FA Cup in 1983 during a 160 game spell at Old Trafford and earned 84 England caps, featuring at the 1982 and 1986 World Cups.

He’s however most fondly remembered at Stamford Bridge where he won the Player of the Year award in 1976 and 1977 before going on to assist Carlo Ancelotti to the Premier League title and FA Cup double in the 2009/10 campaign.

Reflecting on a career which took him from London to the country of Jordan via Milan and Paris, Wilkins said: “When I finished my career playing for Leyton Orient and Wycombe, I was still waking up every morning still grateful that I was a footballer.”

“I don’t think there’s a better life. I’ve been blessed.”

The tributes have been pouring in for the former England star from the football world…

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