Jimmy Greaves spent a “comfortable” night in hospital on Tuesday, as revealed by the 80-year-old’s family.
Greaves, who won the World Cup with England in 1966, suffered a severe stroke in 2015 and former club Tottenham released a statement on Tuesday confirming the ex-Chelsea star was in hospital.
Greaves was a long time columnist for the Daily Star’s sister paper the Sunday People and the family have told us this morning that he spent a “comfortable” night in hospital and is awaiting further tests.
The England legend’s illness is not coronavirus related.
Greaves is fourth on the list of all-time England goalscorers having netted 44 goals in just 57 games.
England hero Jimmy Greaves spent Tuesday night in hospital
He also bagged a club-record 220 league goals for Tottenham and also spent time with West Ham.
Greaves was part of England’s 1966 World Cup-winning squad but originally missed out on a medal because he was injured during the tournament’s group stage.
His replacement, Sir Geoff Hurst, scored a famous hat-trick as England beat West Germany 4-2 at Wembley.
Jimmy Greaves bagged over 200 goals for Tottenham
Greaves received a medal in 2009 and FIFA gave medals to every non-playing squad and staff member from every World Cup-winning country from 1930 to 1974.
“Jimmy is such a great guy,” Harry Redknapp, who played with Greaves when he joined West Ham, told talkSPORT.
“You talk about good players, Jimmy was a genius.
“As a 17-year-old he scored five goals in one game against a Wolves side that had the England defence!
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“He’s a few years older than me and I used to watch him, we rarely got any football on TV, but we might have had England schoolboys on and you’d see Jimmy play and he was just an incredible player even at that age.
“I would think nobody taught Jimmy,…