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Former England midfielder Ray Wilkins is ‘critically ill’ after cardia arrest

Former England midfielder Ray Wilkins is “critically ill” after suffering a cardiac arrest, his wife has said.

Jackie Wilkins told the newspaper that the 61-year-old ex-Chelsea, Manchester United and AC Milan player fell in the wake of the cardiac arrest.

“He’s in hospital, he’s had a cardiac arrest and is in intensive care,” the newspaper quoted her as saying. “He’s not in a good state at all, I’m afraid. He’s critically ill.

“The cardiac arrest led to a fall which has meant he’s had to be put in an induced come. It’s very, very bad.”

A winner of 84 England caps, Wilkins — known in the game as “Butch” — played for 12 sides and was on the coaching staff of several more, but is commonly associated with Chelsea.

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He started his career there and spent six years with the Blues, while also having numerous stints as assistant manager. On one occasion, he led the side on a caretaker basis.

Carlo Ancelotti, under whom Wilkins worked at Stamford Bridge, once described him as having “real blue blood.”

Following the reports Chelsea tweeted: “The thoughts of everybody at Chelsea Football Club are with Ray Wilkins and his family tonight. Keep fighting Ray, you have our love and support.”

During his career as a player, he won the FA Cup with Manchester United in 1983 and the Scottish title with Rangers in 1989.

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Former club Leyton Orient sent Wilkins their best wishes on Twitter, writing: “Everyone associated with LOFC’s thoughts are with former player Ray Wilkins and his family tonight. Keep fighting.”

Wilkins is a regular on the Alan Brazil breakfast show on Talk Sport and a message on the show’s Twitter account read: “Ray Wilkins is one of the nicest men you could ever wish to meet and working with him on the show is always a joy.

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