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Ugo Ehiogu dead: Former England and Aston Villa footballer dies, aged 44

The Independent logo The Independent 21/04/2017
Forrmer England international Ugo Ehiogu © getty Forrmer England international Ugo Ehiogu

Former England international Ugo Ehiogu has died after suffering a suspected heart attack at the age of 44, Tottenham Hotspur have confirmed.

The Aston Villa, Middlesbrough and Sheffield United defender, who retired in 2009, collapsed at Tottenham’s training centre on Thursday, where he was the Under-23 coach.

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Ehiogu, who made four appearances for England between 1996 and 2002, received medical treatment on site before being transferred to hospital by ambulance.

Tottenham statement released on Friday morning read: “We can confirm that Ugo Ehiogu is currently in hospital after collapsing at our Training Centre earlier today. “Our Under-23’s coach received immediate treatment on site from our medical staff before being transferred to hospital by ambulance.

“Everyone at the Club sends their best wishes to Ugo and his family. “We shall continue to provide updates when we have further information.”

Born in Homerton, London, Ehiogu joined the West Bromwich Albion academy and made his first professional appearance for the Baggies in 1989, before joining Villa where he went on to make 237 league appearances for the club between 1991 and 2000.

He moved on to Middlesbrough where he spent seven years at the Riverside, making 126 league appearances, during a spell that also included a loan with Leeds United, before wrapping up his career at Rangers in Scotland and Sheffield United.

Ehiogu’s England debut came in a substitute appearance against China in 1996, and his one and only international goal came against Spain in a friendly at Villa Park in February 2001.

After moving into coaching following his retirement, Ehiogu was part of Peter Taylor’s England Under-20 coaching set-up, before taking up a role with the Tottenham academy in July 2014.

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