England legend Jimmy Greaves dies aged 81

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.

He also holds the Spurs record with 37 in 1962-63.

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“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.”

“Jimmy passed away at home in the early hours of this morning, aged 81,” a statement from Tottenham reads.

Tottenham said Greaves possessed “immaculate ball control, great balance.”

“Jimmy Greaves had such composure in front of goal that he rarely spurned an opportunity.”

He scored a hat-trick on his Spurs debut against Blackpool in December 1961.

Greaves did it again in the FA Cup final win in 1962 and twice in the Cup Winners’ Cup win in 1963.

“Football will not see his like again,” Spurs said.

Greaves is survived by his wife Irene, four children and 10 grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

He scored 132 goals in 169 matches for Chelsea between 1957 and 1961 before moving to Milan.

Greaves scored nine goals in 14 Serie A games for Milan, including on his debut.

But he did not settle in Italy and returned to London with Tottenham.

He left Spurs in 1970 to join West Ham before retiring at the end of the 1970-71 season at the age of 31.

The Hammers will hold a minute’s applause before Sunday’s Premier League game against Manchester United.

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