Published: Sun, April 23, 2017
Health | By Jay Jacobs

Players and fans pay tribute to footballer Ehiogu

Players and fans pay tribute to footballer Ehiogu

The world of football is mourning former England defender Ugo Ehiogu who has died aged 44.

He was rushed to hospital but passed away in the early hours on Friday morning.

Former England player Rio Ferdinand wrote: Can't believe the news that Ugo Ehiogu has passed away.

"Words can not express the shock and sadness that we all feel at the club".

Ugo's huge presence will irreplaceable.

In a statement released by Spurs, manager Mauricio Pochettino said it was "huge loss personally and for all the Tottenham Hotspur family".

Our thoughts go out to everyone connected with Ehiogu at this hard time.

Former striker Stan Collymore, who played with Ehiogu at Aston Villa, posted a photo of the pair on Twitter, writing One of the good guys.

He won four England caps and lifted the League Cup on two occasions: with Villa in 1996 and Middlesbrough in 2004.

Tributes have poured in from all sections of the football community both in the United Kingdom and across the globe to the defender, who made 355 Premier League appearances during his career. "Our thoughts and sympathies are with all lucky enough to know him".

Southgate had been partnering Ehiogu at Middlesbrough and Aston Villa for almost 10 years, grasping the League Cup at both clubs.

Ehiogu's death was announced in a statement on Spurs' website.

In addition to playing more than 200 matches for Villa in nine years, the London-born Ehiogu played 126 games for Middlesbrough after signing for a then-record £8 million in 2000.

Former Republic of Ireland midfielder Andy Townsend, a Villa team-mate of Ehiogu's, added: "I'm absolutely shocked".

The club added that there would be a minute's applause ahead of their derby with Birmingham, with the teams wearing black armbands.

Ugo had been at Spurs since 2014, after retiring from professional football in 2009. "My heart goes out to his family".

From there he moved to Scottish giants Rangers before finishing his career with Sheffield United.

"He was a player that every team would like to have at the back".

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