Former England, Arsenal and Ipswich striker Paul Mariner dies aged 68

Former England international striker Paul Mariner has died.

The FA confirmed on Saturday morning the passing of the ex-Ipswich Town and Arsenal striker at the age of 68.

Mariner scored 139 goals in 339 games for Ipswich and was a member of their FA Cup winning side of 1978 and the team that won the UEFA Cup in 1981.

He also earned 35 caps for England scored 13 times for his country.

A statement declared: “We’re sad to have learned that Paul Mariner, who made 35 appearances for the Three Lions, has passed away at the age of 68.

“Mariner represented England between 1977 and 1985, scoring 13 goals.

“Our thoughts and sympathies are with his family, friends and former clubs.”

Paul Mariner was a regular for England in the 80s

A tweet from Ipswich read: “We are devastated to hear the news of the passing of Town legend Paul Mariner at the age of 68.

“The thoughts of everyone at #itfc are with Paul’s family and friends at this sad time.”

It was reported last year that Mariner, whose other clubs included Plymouth and Portsmouth, had undergone surgery on a brain tumour.

He had most recently been working in the United States, where he had coached FC Toronto, as a colour commentator for New England Revolution.

Paul Mariner during his time as Toronto coach
Paul Mariner during his time as Toronto coach

ITV presenter Mark Pougatch paid tribute, declaring: “Desperately sad news this weekend. Lucky enough to have known Paul & what a lovely man he was.

“His goal took England to the 82 World Cup. We will pay tribute on our Final preview show tonight 10.55 @ITV. #RIPMarrers”

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