Former England, Chelsea, Manchester United and AC Milan midfielder Ray Wilkins has died aged 61.
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Former England, Chelsea, Manchester United and AC Milan midfielder Ray Wilkins has died at the age of 61, having suffered a heart attack.
Having made his senior breakthrough at Chelsea, Wilkins moved on to Old Trafford where he won the FA Cup in 1982/83. He impressed for the Reds in UEFA competition too, and was lured abroad in 1984 for a three-year spell at Milan, briefly playing for Paris Saint-Germain in 1987 before signing for Rangers. He won the only domestic title of his playing career with the Glasgow club in 1988/89, part of a domestic double. His 84 England caps – ten as captain – included appearances at the 1980 UEFA European Championship and the 1982 and 1986 FIFA World Cups.
Wilkins continued to play in England and Scotland until his early 40s, representing Queens Park Rangers as player-manager from 1994–96 before taking command at Fulham. He later returned to Chelsea as assistant to Gianluca Vialli, Luiz Felipe Scolari and Carlo Ancelotti, and was on staff as the Blues landed a 2009/10 domestic double.
The thoughts and prayers of everyone at Manchester United are with the family, friends and colleagues of our former midfielder Ray Wilkins, following his tragic passing. pic.twitter.com/38w2MW86eg— Manchester United (@ManUtd) April 4, 2018
Goodbye Ray, you will be missed: tonight we're gonna fight like you taught us!— AC Milan (@acmilan) April 4, 2018
Ciao Ray, ci mancherai: questa sera lotteremo su ogni pallone come avresti fatto tu!
RIP, Ray Wilkins 🙏🏻 pic.twitter.com/YLokjuXkvD
Everybody associated with Chelsea Football Club is devastated to learn of the passing of our former player, captain and assistant coach, Ray Wilkins. Rest in peace, Ray, you will be dreadfully missed. pic.twitter.com/cSDhloOPDZ— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) April 4, 2018