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Thursday 8 December 2016

Fans send support to legend Greaves

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Jimmy Greaves' agent has thanked the "thousands" of people who have wished his client a speedy recovery from a severe stroke, which has left him in intensive care.

The world of football rallied around the former England, Tottenham, Chelsea and West Ham striker (inset) after it emerged he had been admitted to hospital on Sunday.

Gary Lineker, two places above Greaves in England's all-time top scorer list, said: "Choked to read that Jimmy Greaves has had a severe stroke.

"One of my absolute heroes. Thoughts are with him and his family. Get well, Jimmy."

Tottenham, West Ham, Chelsea and the Football Association all tweeted messages of support for the 75-year-old - as did his former England team-mate Geoff Hurst.

"Thinking of my friend and one of our greats this morning, @jimmy_greaves. Wishing him all the best and hoping for a speedy recovery,'' Hurst said.

Terry Baker, Greaves' agent, issued a statement on Greaves' behalf, confirming his client had been taken ill.

"Football legend Jimmy Greaves suffered a severe stroke on Sunday, May 3, and is in intensive care in hospital," the statement read.

"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 was due to be inducted into the Tottenham Hotspur Hall of Fame on May 13 at a sell-out ceremony at White Hart Lane," the statement read.

Greaves scored 44 goals in 57 games for his country and also netted a club-record 266 times in 379 matches for Tottenham.

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