Former England international footballer Ray Wilkins has died aged 61, the PFA has confirmed.
Wilkins, who played for both Chelsea and Manchester United during his playing career, fell ill at the end of March and sadly passed away on April 4.
In a statement, the PFA said: “It is with great sadness and heavy hearts that we have learnt that former England midfielder Ray Wilkins has passed away, aged 61.
“The thoughts and condolences of everyone at the PFA are with his family and friends.”
Everybody associated with Chelsea Football Club is devastated to learn of the passing of our former player, captain and assistant coach, Ray Wilkins. Rest in peace, Ray, you will be dreadfully missed. pic.twitter.com/cSDhloOPDZ
— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) April 4, 2018
Deeply saddened to hear that Ray Wilkins has passed away. A wonderful footballer and a delightful man. It was a pleasure to have played alongside him with England. No teammate was more helpful and supportive. I’ll be forever grateful. Thoughts are with his family. #RIPRay
— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) April 4, 2018
Wilkins also played for European giants PSG and AC Milan during a playing career that spanned over 20 years, while he managed the likes of QPR and Fulham following his retirement, as well as being caretaker boss at Chelsea in 2009.