Glenn Hoddle: Ex-England manager seriously ill in hospital

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Glenn Hoddle was a TV pundit at the 2018 World Cup and was pictured chatting to England players after their win over Colombia

Ex-England and Tottenham manager Glenn Hoddle is seriously ill in hospital after appearing as a pundit for BT Sport on Saturday, his 61st birthday.

Presenter Mark Pougatch said the station’s football results show was cancelled as a result.

The former Spurs midfielder earned 53 England caps and was considered to be one of the players of his generation.

BT presenter Jake Humphrey said Hoddle was “taken seriously ill at the BT Sport studio this morning”.

He added on social media: “Every one of us is right with you, Glenn, sending love and strength.”

Speaking later on Saturday on BT’s coverage of the Premier League match between Leicester and West Ham, Humphrey added: “Whatever Glenn Hoddle is for you, whether he is one of the best footballers the country has ever produced, a wonderful colleague or a much-loved family member, the outpouring of love and support today has been quite something to behold.

“The good news is he’s now at hospital getting the best treatment possible.”

Gary Lineker, the Match of the Day presenter and former Tottenham and England striker, posted on social media: “Hugely worrying news that Glenn Hoddle collapsed at the BT studios earlier. Thoughts are with him and his family. Come on, Glenn.”

As a player, Hoddle won the FA Cup and Uefa Cup with Tottenham and also had spells with Monaco, Swindon and Chelsea.

Hoddle became player-manager at Swindon and Chelsea, and is credited with turning the west London side into a cosmopolitan outfit by signing Netherlands great Ruud Gullit, who went on to replace him as boss at Stamford Bridge.

From there he managed England for two and half years, taking them to the 1998 World Cup, but his reign ended in controversy when he admitted a “serious error of judgement” after suggesting disabled people were being made to pay for the sins of past lives.

He went on to manage Southampton, Tottenham and Wolves, before continuing coaching and his career as a TV pundit.

Good wishes for midfield maestro Hoddle

The England Twitter feed wished the former international player and manager well

Former Spurs team-mates were quick to send their support to Hoddle on social media.

Ex-Argentina midfielder Ossie Ardiles said: “Get well soon Tommy! Our thoughts and prayers with him and his family.”

Former goalkeeper Ray Clemence urged Hoddle to “stay strong”, while Chris Waddle, another ex-England international said: “Get well soon, Glenn. Our thoughts are with you.”

Brighton boss Chris Hughton, twice an FA Cup winner with Spurs alongside Hoddle, said: “Glenn is a friend, I have known him for a long time back to my Spurs youth days. He was a model professional, the one we looked up to and we wish him all the best.”

Ex-Spurs defender Graham Roberts said: “Thinking of the greatest player I have ever played with, we know you will be fine Glenn, thinking of you mate.”

Hoddle’s boyhood club Tottenham, where he was both a player and manager, sent their good wishes

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