England manager Gareth Southgate led the tributes on Friday to “gentle giant” Ugo Ehiogu after the sudden death of the former Aston Villa star at the age of 44.
Ehiogu collapsed on Thursday at Tottenham’s training centre, where he worked as the club’s under-23 coach, after suffering a cardiac arrest.
Southgate had a close bond with Ehiogu, having played alongside the centre-back with Villa, Middlesbrough and England.
Praising Ehiogu’s personal and professional qualities, Southgate summed up the feelings of many within British football, which was shocked by the untimely departure of a man respected for his prowess on the pitch and his warm personality off it.
“I’m stunned and deeply saddened by Ugo’s passing and clearly my initial thoughts are with his wife Gemma, his children and his family,” Southgate said.
“I know that football will be grieving because he was…
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