London: Former England manager Glenn Hoddle was taken to hospital after falling ‘seriously ill’ at the BT Sport studio on Saturday.
“Our friend & colleague Glenn Hoddle was taken seriously ill at the BT Sport studio this morning. Everyone of us is right with you Glenn, sending love & strength,” BT Sport presenter Jake Humphrey posted on his official twitter feed.
Hoddle, who spent the bulk of his playing career with Tottenham Hotspur and also played for Chelsea, Monaco and Swindon Town, works as a pundit for BT Sport and also works for ITV Sport for England games.
BT Sport presenter Mark Pougatch subsequently confirmed that the broadcaster had cancelled its football results show.
“You will understand why there’s no BT Sport Score this afternoon. All our thoughts are with Glenn Hoddle and his family,” he said on Twitter.
A elegant midfielder Hoddle won 53 caps for his country before managing the team from 1996-1999.
He was celebrating his 61st birthday on Saturday.
As a player — considered by many as one of the most gifted of his generation — Hoddle was best known for a 12-year career at Tottenham, where he played 490 games in all competitions winning both the FA Cup and the Uefa Cup.
He left Spurs in 1987 to play for Monaco and won the French title under then manager Arsene Wenger. He returned to England as the player/manager of first Swindon Town then Chelsea, before retiring in 1995.
Hoddle managed his country from 1996 — guiding them to the 1998 World Cup finals in France — but his tenure ended acrimoniously when his contract was terminated after an interview in which he expressed controversial beliefs about disabled people.
He went on to manage Southampton, Tottenham and Wolverhampton Wanderers before beginning a highly-respected career as a football pundit.
Gary Linekar, Hoddle’s former England teammate, tweeted: “Hugely worrying news that Glenn Hoddle collapsed at the BT studios earlier. Thoughts are with him and his family. Come on Glenn.” Micky Hazard, who played alongside Hoddle at Tottenham in the 1980s, tweeted: “OMG just seen the news about my hero, my thoughts and prayers are with you @GlennHoddle.
“In shock and waiting for more news, come on God get those magic feet moving the football world is with you every step of the way.” (Reporting by Tom Hayward; editing by Martyn Herman)