Ray Wilkins: Tributes to late England captain flood in

Ray Wilkins: Tributes to late England captain flood in

Kerry Wise
April 7, 2018

The 61-year-old was taken to St George's Hospital in Tooting, south London, last week after suffering a heart attack at his home.

World football governing body, FIFA led the way as the football world paid tribute to former Chelsea, Manchester United and England International, Ray Wilkins who passed away Wednesday morning.

"Our thoughts are with Ray's wife Jackie, children Ross and Jade, and the rest of his family at this sad time".

Wilkins won 84 caps for England between 1976 and 1986.

Wilkins also managed Queens Park Rangers, Fulham and the Jordan national team.

Wilkins' family released a statement thanking the staff at St George's for "the awesome work they have done to care for our beloved Ray".

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

'We are asking for privacy at this very hard time'.

"No team-mate was more helpful and supportive".

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Premier League clubs across the country are also expected to honour Wilkins during this weekend's matches.

A humble and generous man, the humanity which illuminated his life made him one of the best loved footballers of his generation.

Wilkins found fame with Manchester United and England, but it was with boyhood club Chelsea that his bond was closest.

"Wilkins' Milan teammate and former Dutch midfielder Ruud Gullit said: "#RIP #RayWilkins i will miss you my friend".

But one of the most striking was delivered on the radio on Thursday when an anonymous ex-soldier explained how Wilkins' generosity helped turn around his fortunes at the time. I'll be forever grateful.

Ray Wilkins was recently on Chelsea's back-room staff under Luiz Felipe Scolari, Guus Hiddink and Carlo Ancelotti.

Former Blues skipper Terry, now at Aston Villa, posted on his Instagram page: "At Stamford Bridge today paying my respects to the great man Ray Wilkins".

"I loved our talks on football and the stories you had on our attractive game, the greats you had played with and against". You will be missed so much not just in the football world but as a real human being with such class. Thanks for everything and my thoughts go to all the family.