Jimmy Greaves has suffered a severe stroke and is in intensive care in hospital. A statement from Greaves’s family said the 75-year-old, who had a minor stroke in 2012, had been taken ill on Sunday.
It read: “Football legend Jimmy Greaves suffered a severe stroke on Sunday 3 May, and is in intensive care in hospital.
“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.
“England’s greatest ever goal scorer was 75 on February 20, and has been working regularly on the personal appearances circuit in harness with his friend and agent Terry Baker.
“Jimmy had a minor stroke in 2012, but appeared to have made a full recovery. He was due to be inducted into the Tottenham Hotspur Hall of Fame on May 13 at a sell-out ceremony at White Hart Lane.
“This is all we wish to say at the present time.”
Messages of support have been posted on Twitter, including from Tottenham Hotspur’s official account saying: “Our thoughts are with Jimmy and his family at this difficult time.”
Spurs fan Lord Sugar added: “Get well soon Jimmy.”
Sir Geoff Hurst, who scored a hat trick in the World Cup final, tweeted: “Thinking of my friend and one of our greats this morning, Jimmy Greaves. Wishing him all the best and hoping for a speedy recovery.”
A message was posted on Greaves’ Twitter account saying: “We have had thousands of get well messages including one from a devastated (former Scottish footballer) Ian St John. Thank you to everyone for your thoughts at this time.”
Greaves is fourth on the list of all-time England scorers and was part of England’s 1966 World Cup-winning squad.