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Tottenham confirm former striker Jimmy Greaves ill in hospital

Tottenham and England legend Jimmy Greaves was last night being treated in hospital sparking concern about of the greatest goalscorer English football has ever seen.

Greaves was admitted to hospital in Chelmsford near his home in Essex.

There was nothing to suggest he had been suffering from any symptoms related to the coronavirus.

Jimmy Greaves has been admitted to hospital in Chelmsford near his home in Essex

He has been disabled and confined to a wheelchair, and requires regular professional care

Greaves is 80 years old and has been in poor health since suffering a severe stroke five years ago.

He has been disabled and confined to a wheelchair, cared for by his family and in need of professional care four times a day.

His record of 357 goals in the top flight of English football remains untouched 49 years after he retired as a player. No-one has been close to it.

He also scored 44 goals in 57 games for England and was a key figure in the World Cup squad in 1966 although he was injured in the group stage and did not play in the final.

The news sparked concern about the greatest goalscorer English football has ever seen

His life story was told in the film 'Greavsie' released in conjunction with his birthday

Greaves started at Chelsea before leaving for AC Milan and returning to London at Tottenham

Greaves started at Chelsea before leaving for AC Milan and returning to London at Tottenham, where he is the club's record goalscorer with 266 goals in all competitions.

Spurs released a statement on Tuesday night: 'We can confirm that our record goalscorer Jimmy Greaves is currently being treated in hospital. We are in touch with his family and will provide further updates in due course. Everybody at the club sends their best wishes to Jimmy and his family.'

Greaves' agent Terry Baker also released a statement saying: 'I can confirm Jimmy is in hospital tonight. We will release a statement tomorrow regarding the condition, please please respect the family and if you are press do not phone his home tonight. 

 His record of 357 goals in the top flight of English football remains untouched 49 years later

He scored 44 goals in 57 games for England and was a key figure in the 1966 World Cup squad

'His current condition and prognosis will be revealed mid morning tomorrow. If you love him like I do, have good thoughts for him as you go to bed tonight. He is my biggest hero of all time and as lots of you know I kind of lived your dream by becoming best friends with him for over 20 years. 

'He has endured a very difficult five years since his massive stroke in 2015 so spare some time to think of my lovely mate tonight. And watch this space for an update tomorrow (Wednesday).'

His remarkable life story was told in the film 'Greavsie' released in conjunction with his landmark birthday in February.

Earlier this year Sportsmail launched a 'Gong for Greavsie' campaign to see him formally honoured for his achievements.

Earlier this year Sportsmail launched a campaign to see him honoured for his achievements

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