Ex-England International, Ray Wilkins Dies At 61
Ex-England International, Ray Wilkins Dies At 61

Ex-England International, Ray Wilkins Dies At 61

Ray Wilkins, the former England midfielder, has died at the age of 61.

Ray Wilkins, whose clubs included Chelsea, Manchester United, Queens Park Rangers, and Rangers in a 24-year-playing career that spanned three decades, fell after suffering a cardiac arrest last month and had been in a critical condition in St George’s Hospital, in Tooting, south-west London.

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A winner of 84 England caps, he played at two World Cup finals. He became the fourth player sent off for England when he was dismissed during the 1986 World Cup in Mexico in a game against Morocco.
Wilkins – known in the game by his childhood nickname “Butch” – played for 12 clubs and was on the coaching staff of several more, but is commonly associated with Chelsea.

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.

Wilkins also managed QPR, Fulham, and Jordan.