Former England defender Ehiogu dies

 21 Apr 2017 - 21:32


London: Former England and Aston Villa defender Ugo Ehiogu has died in hospital aged 44 following a cardiac arrest, Tottenham Hotspur said.
Ehiogu, who worked as Tottenham's under-23 coach, had collapsed at the North London club's training ground on Thursday.
He passed away in the early hours of Friday, the Premier League title contenders said in a statement.
"Words cannot express the shock and sadness that we all feel at the Club," said Tottenham's head of coaching and development John McDermott. "Ugo's immense presence will be irreplaceable."
Ehiogu, who started out as a trainee at West Bromwich Albion but spent most of his career at Aston Villa, was capped four times by England.
He would doubtless have won more caps but for injury and competition from younger defenders like Rio Ferdinand and John Terry.
As well as playing more than 200 times in nine years for Villa, London-born Ehiogu played 126 games for Middlesbrough after becoming their then-record signing for eight million pounds ($10.24 million) in 2000. He won the League Cup with both Villa and Middlesbrough.