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Ugo Ehiogu dead aged just 44 after Spurs coach suffers heart attack at training ground

Mirror logo Mirror 21/04/2017 Darren Lewis
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Tottenham Hotspur Under-23 coach Ugo Ehioguhas passed away.

The former England and Aston Villa defender was rushed to hospital on Thursday 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.

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."

Ehiogu has been at Spurs since 2014. He made over 200 appearances for Aston Villa between 1991 and 2000. 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.

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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.

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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.

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