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Former England international Ugo Ehiogu dies following cardiac arrest

Former England defender Ugo Ehiogu has died at the age of 44 after suffering a cardiac arrest at Spurs’ training centre.

Ehiogu was coach of Spurs’ Under-23 side, having been appointed to manage their Under-21s in July 2014.

A statement on Spurs’ website said: “Ugo received immediate treatment after suffering a cardiac arrest at the training centre yesterday before being transferred to hospital, where he passed away in the early hours of the morning.”

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Ehiogu started his career with West Brom, but only made two league appearances before heading across town to play for Aston Villa, with whom he spent nine years.

He moved to Middlesbrough in 2000, playing seven years on Teesside, as well as spending time at Leeds, Rangers and Sheffield United, where he ended his career.

Ehiogu also picked up four caps for England, winning his first in a 3-0 win against China in May 1996 when he came off the bench to replace Tony Adams.

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His finest moment in an England shirt came as part of Sven-Goran Eriksson’s first squad when he scored in a 3-0 win against Spain.

John McDermott, head of coaching and player development at Spurs, said: “Words cannot express the shock and sadness that we all feel at the club.

Ugo’s immense presence will  irreplaceable. Our heartfelt sympathies go out to his wife Gemma and his family.

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Ehiogu had overseen the development of Harry Winks, Josh Onomah and Cameron Carter-Vickers, all of whom have played for the first team under Mauricio Pochettino this season.

Our thoughts go out to everyone connected with Ehiogu at this difficult time.