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Tottenham legend in intensive care after stroke

Jimmy Greaves after collecting his medal for representing England in the 1966 World Cup Photo: Ian Nicholson/PA Wire

Former Tottenham striker and fourth highest all-time England scorer Jimmy Greaves is in intensive care after suffering a "severe stroke".

His family released a statement saying "Football legend Jimmy Greaves suffered a severe stroke on Sunday, 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."

Jimmy's friend and agent Terry Baker also posted an updated for fans on Jimmy's twitter feed.

Tottenham F.C. has released a statement in support of his family and highlighting his achievements throughout his footballing career.

The thoughts and best wishes of everyone at the Club are with Jimmy Greaves and his family after the legendary striker suffered a severe stroke yesterday. He is in intensive care in hospital.

Our greatest-ever goalscorer, Jimmy tops our all-time scoring list with 266 goals in 379 appearances between 1961-70. He scored in the 1962 FA Cup Final and 1963 European Cup Winners Cup Final and added a second FA Cup in 1967.

A member of England's World Cup winning squad in 1966, Jimmy also scored 44 goals in 57 caps, placing him fourth in England's all-time scoring list.

Jimmy had a minor stroke in 2012 and appeared to have made a full recovery. He turned 75 on February 20, and was due to be inducted into the Club's Hall of Fame on May 13.

Once again, our thoughts go out to Jimmy, his wife Irene and his family at this difficult time.

– Tottenham FC statement

Jimmy Greaves began his footballing career at Chelsea and later joined Spurs from A.C. Milan, before playing for West Ham. In its citation for his upcoming induction into the Tottenham Hall of Fame, the club said he was, "Quick with superb control and positional sense, [...] a natural goalscorer famed for coolly rolling the ball into the net rather than blasting it."

Well-wishers included former Tottenham chairman Alan Sugar and fellow players, like England team mate Geoff Hurst.