England and Tottenham legend Jimmy Greaves dies


Harry Kane of Tottenham meets former Tottenham player Jimmy Greaves at the Tottenham Hotspur Training Centre on October 20, 2017 in Enfield, England.

Former England striker and Tottenham's record goalscorer Jimmy Greaves has died at the age of 81.

Greaves began his career with Chelsea before spells at AC Milan, Spurs and West Ham.

He scored 44 goals in 57 games for England and was a member of the 1966 World Cup-winning squad.

He holds the record for most goals in the English top flight with 357, and scored 266 in 379 matches for Tottenham.

Greaves' 41 goals in 1960-61 remains a record in a season for Chelsea, and he also holds the Spurs record with 37 in 1962-63.

A Tottenham statement read: "We are extremely saddened to learn of the passing of the great Jimmy Greaves, not just Tottenham Hotspur's record goalscorer but the finest marksman this country has ever seen. IMG-20210919-144040-871

Joe Kinnear and Jimmy Greaves of Tottenham Hotspur football club celebrate after beating Chelsea in the FA Cup Final.

"Jimmy passed away at home in the early hours of this morning, aged 81."

Prime Minister Boris Johnson tweeted: "Sad to hear the news about Jimmy Greaves. He will be remembered as a goalscoring legend and one of the greats of English football."

England captain Harry Kane, Spurs' second highest goalscorer of all time second behind Greaves, said he was a "true legend".

Former Spurs striker Gary Lineker described Greaves as a "giant of the sport".

He tweeted: "Quite possibly the greatest striker this country has ever produced. A truly magnificent footballer who was at home both in the box and on the box. A charismatic, knowledgeable, witty and warm man."

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