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Tottenham and England legend Greaves in hospital after severe stroke

Former Tottenham Hotspur and England striker Jimmy Greaves has been hospitalised after suffering a severe stroke.

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The 75-year-old, who also played for Chelsea during a stellar career at the pinnacle of the game, is in intensive care, according to the Daily Mail.

Greaves wrote himself into England folklore by shining on the international stage, helping himself to 44 goals in 57 appearances for the Three Lions.

During nine illustrious years at White Hart Lane, he also bagged an astonishing 266 goals in 379 outings for Spurs, making him a cult hero in north London.

He started his career at Chelsea, where his prolific goalscoring attracted the attention of Italian giants AC Milan. A short spell at the San Siro ended when Spurs swooped for the forward, and the best years of his career were spent at Tottenham before stints with West Ham United and a string of lower-league teams.

Greaves became a television personality after his career but has reduced his public appearances in recent years after suffering a minor stroke in 2012.

His family has asked for privacy while his condition is being assessed.

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