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Former England defender Ugo Ehiogu, 44, dies following cardiac arrest, Tottenham confirm Featured

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Friday, 21 April 2017 08:06

Former England and Aston Villa defender Ugo Ehiogu has died at the age of 44, Tottenham have confirmed.

Tottenham U23 coach was taken to hospital after collapsing at training on Thursday and passed away in the early hours of Friday morning, Spurs confirmed on Sfrsports.com
"It is with immense sadness that we announce the passing of Ugo Ehiogu, our Under-23 coach," the statement reads.

Meanwhile, head of coaching and player development at Spurs, John McDermott, said: "Words cannot express the shock and sadness that we all feel at the club.

"Ugo's immense presence will be irreplaceable. Our heartfelt sympathies go out to his wife Gemma and his family."

 

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    39’ - GOAL! APOEL 0-1 Tottenham Hotspur (Kane) - This is beautiful, Alderweireld picking Kane out with a lovely low pass from back to front, and while Vouros doesn't step up, Kane gathers it on the half-turn, cresses it into stride, and slides past the keeper inside the far post with the confidence of a master.

    61’ - APOEL are coming, Aloneftis finding space down the left and bending a cross around Trippier, which skims off De Camargo's forehead - he's only six yards out too! APOEL then recycle the ball and cross again - this time it hits Trippier and bounces down to Lloris.

    62’ - GOAL! APOEL 0-2 Tottenham Hotspur (Kane) - The difference! Sissoko gets away down the left and clips back to Kane, inside the D. There's still plenty to do, but again he transfers the ball perfectly into stride, then sweep-strokes a finish into the far corner with the keeper set to go the other way. What a player he is!

    67’ - GOAL! APOEL 0-3 Tottenham Hotspur (Kane) - And there it is! Kane spreads wide, and you can see that Apoel have gone before Trippier even crosses. In it comes - it's a lovely ball - and Kane stoops to guide a delicious header into the far bottom corner. What a absolute superstar.

    KEY STATS

    Harry Kane has scored 32 goals in 30 games for Spurs in 2017, along with six hat-tricks.

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