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Jimmy Greaves Is In Intensive Care After A Severe Stroke

The 75-year-old was taken ill on Sunday.

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Jimmy Greaves, the former England and Tottenham Hotspur striker, is in intensive care in hospital after suffering a severe stroke at the weekend.

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His family said in a statement:

Football legend Jimmy Greaves suffered a severe stroke on Sunday May 3, and is in intensive care in hospital.

His wife, Irene, and four children have asked for privacy during what is a worrying time for the family.

They will issue a bulletin on his condition when it is appropriate.

England's greatest ever goalscorer was 75 on February 20, and has been working regularly on the personal appearances circuit in harness with his friend and agent Terry Baker.

Jimmy had a minor stroke in 2012, but appeared to have made a full recovery.

He was due to be inducted into the Tottenham Hotspur Hall of Fame on May 13 at a sell-out ceremony at White Hart Lane.

This is all we wish to say at the present time.

Greaves is fourth on the list of all-time England goal-scorers, with 44 in 57 games.

He also holds the club record at Tottenham with 220 league goals.During his time at White Hart Lane he helped Spurs win the FA Cup in 1962 and 1967.He also had a long TV career, most notably starring with Ian St John on the ITV football show Saint and Greavsie.
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He also holds the club record at Tottenham with 220 league goals.

During his time at White Hart Lane he helped Spurs win the FA Cup in 1962 and 1967.

He also had a long TV career, most notably starring with Ian St John on the ITV football show Saint and Greavsie.

Our thoughts are with Jimmy and his family at this difficult time.

We are saddened to hear about former England striker Jimmy Greaves, who is in intensive care after suffering a stroke

Greaves was part of England's World Cup-winning squad in 1966 but initially missed out on a winners' medal due to injury.

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In 2009, he and the other squad players were presented with medals after Fifa changed the rule that only the 11 players on the pitch during the final should receive an award.

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Richard James is the News Director for BuzzFeed Australia and is based in Sydney.

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