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England great Jimmy Greaves being treated in hospital

Fears grow for health of Tottenham goalscoring legend

Jimmy Greaves, one of England's greatest ever goalscorers, was being treated in hospital, his former club Tottenham Hotspur announced.

Greaves, 80, has been in poor health since suffering a stroke five years ago. There was no suggestion that he had been suffering from any symptoms related to the coronavirus.

Nobody has scored more top-flight goals in English football than Greaves, who started his career at Chelsea before spells at Milan, Spurs and West Ham.

"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," Tottenham said on Twitter.

"Everybody at the club sends their best wishes to Jimmy and his family."

The club did not give any further details about Greaves's condition.

Greaves's record of 357 goals in the top flight of English football remains unbeaten nearly half a century since he retired as a professional player.

File photo dated 10-04-1965 of Jimmy Greaves, England. PA Photo. Issue date: Wednesday April 1, 2020. This enforced break in the football calendar has given people plenty of opportunity to reflect on some of the great matches, seasons and players. Here, the PA news agency has picked out 10 of the best strikers to have graced the field. See PA story SOCCER Top 10 Strikers. Photo credit should read PA/PA Wire.
Jimmy Greaves, playing for England in 1965. PA

He also scored 44 goals in 57 games for England, making him the country's fourth highest scorer behind Wayne Rooney, Bobby Charlton and Gary Lineker, and was part of the 1966 World Cup-winning squad.

Updated: April 8, 2020 02:23 PM

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