Paul Mariner dead: Former England footballer dies at 68 after ‘battle with brain cancer’

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Former England football player Paul Mariner has died at the age of 68, it has been confirmed. Tributes have begun flooding in for the player who turned coach later in his career.

Former Ipswich striker Paul had a stellar career with 35 caps for England and 139 goals for Ipswich.

His family announced the news of his death in a statement on Twitter, confirming he died after “a brief battle with brain cancer”.

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This read: “We regretfully inform you that Paul passed away peacefully on the 9th of July surrounded by his family, after a brief battle with brain cancer.

“We would like to thank all the people who came to see him through his illness for their support and for the messages that were sent to him, they meant a great deal to him and us.”

The statement went on to thank the NHS for their care as well as praising Paul’s career.

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It concluded: “He will be sorely missed by everyone who was ever around him and by those most close to him.”

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Following the news of his death, tributes have been pouring in for the sportsman.

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His former England teammate Gordon Hill penned: “I got the sad news a couple of hours ago of the passing of my very good and close friend Paul Mariner.

“It it heart breaking to me as we was close. and roomed together in the England team. Rest in peace PM you will always be with me and remembered fondly.”

BBC pundit Chris Sutton added on Twitter: “Really sad news this is. Paul Mariner was an outstanding footballer. Thoughts and condolences to the Mariner family.”

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ITV’s Mark Pougatch added: “Desperately sad news this weekend. Lucky enough to have known Paul & what a lovely man he was.

“His goal took England to the 82 World Cup. We will pay tribute on our Final preview show tonight 10.55 @ITV. #RIPMarrers.”

TalkSport pundit Nigel Adderley also paid tribute, writing: “The outpouring of affection for Paul Mariner from fans of the clubs he played for says so much.

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“Also scored the goal which ended England’s long wait to reach a World Cup.

“Was always a passionate England fan and would be very proud of what Gareth Southgate’s team have achieved.”

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