England mourns former captain Ray Wilkins

Former England, Chelsea, Manchester United and AC Milan midfielder Ray Wilkins has died aged 61.

Ray Wilkins with England at the 1986 World Cup finals
Ray Wilkins with England at the 1986 World Cup finals ©Getty Images

Former England, Chelsea, Manchester United and AC Milan midfielder Ray Wilkins has died at the age of 61, having suffered a heart attack.

Having made his senior breakthrough at Chelsea, Wilkins moved on to Old Trafford where he won the FA Cup in 1982/83. He impressed for the Reds in UEFA competition too, and was lured abroad in 1984 for a three-year spell at Milan, briefly playing for Paris Saint-Germain in 1987 before signing for Rangers. He won the only domestic title of his playing career with the Glasgow club in 1988/89, part of a domestic double. His 84 England caps – ten as captain – included appearances at the 1980 UEFA European Championship and the 1982 and 1986 FIFA World Cups.

Wilkins continued to play in England and Scotland until his early 40s, representing Queens Park Rangers as player-manager from 1994–96 before taking command at Fulham. He later returned to Chelsea as assistant to Gianluca Vialli, Luiz Felipe Scolari and Carlo Ancelotti, and was on staff as the Blues landed a 2009/10 domestic double.

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