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Former England striker Frank Worthington dies aged 72 after long illness

Written by on 23/03/2021

Former Huddersfield, Leicester and England striker Frank Worthington has died at the age of 72, his family have announced.

A spokesperson for his wife Carol said he died peacefully in hospital in Huddersfield following a long illness.

Worthington won eight England caps and represented more than 20 clubs in a long career, playing in 22 consecutive seasons, beginning in 1966-7.

“Frank brought joy to so many people throughout his career and in his private life,” Carol Worthington said.

“He will be greatly missed by everyone who loved him so much.”

Huddersfield said everyone at the Yorkshire club is “devastated to hear of the passing of Town legend Frank Worthington”.

Another of Worthington’s clubs, Tranmere Rovers, said he was a “truly great entertainer”.

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Gary Lineker tweeted that he was “profoundly saddened” to hear of Worthington’s death, adding: “He was my boyhood hero when he was at Leicester City.

“A beautiful footballer, a maverick and a wonderful character who was so kind to this young apprentice when he joined the club. RIP Frank (Elvis).”

 Sky News

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