Unbelievable: Aston Villa Player Collapses Dead On The Pitch During Training.

Ugo Ehiogu, 44, a former footballer for Aston Villa and England, passes away

On Thursday, Ehiogu experienced a heart attack.

Ugo Ehiogu

Ugo Ehiogu, a former defender for Aston Villa and England, passed away yesterday after passing out on a training field.

The 44-year-old, who coaches Tottenham Hotspur’s Under-23 team, went into cardiac arrest on Thursday and was taken to the hospital by ambulance.

He was treated locally before being taken by ambulance to the hospital. But the physicians could not keep him alive.

The club’s devastated employees and players were informed this morning.

Ehiogu, who has been at Spurs since 2014, made over 200 appearances for Aston Villa between 1991 and 2000. He then went on to spend seven years at Middlesbrough.

He lifted the League Cup with Villa in 1996 and also with Middlesbrough in 2004.

Ehiogu, who was capped four times by England, also played for West Brom, Leeds, Rangers and Sheffield United before retiring in 2009.

A statement from Tottenham Hotspur said: “It is with immense sadness that we announce the passing of Ugo Ehiogu, our Under-23 coach.

“The club send its deepest condolences to Ugo’s family.”

Ehiogu began his career as a trainee at West Brom before he was taken to Villa by Ron Atkinson in 1991.

He went on to feature in more than 300 matches for Villa over a nine-year spell – and played in their FA Cup final defeat against Chelsea in 2000.

Ehiogu joined Boro for a then club-record £8million fee later that year, and in 2001 he scored his only goal for England in Sven Goran-Eriksson’s first game in charge, a 3-0 friendly victory against Spain.

Knee injuries plagued the final years of Ehiogu’s career at the Riverside Stadium. He joined Leeds on loan in 2006, and also had short spells with Rangers and Sheffield United before he retired from football in 2009.

Ehiogu subsequently moved into coaching and has been at Tottenham for the past three seasons.

Ugo Ehiogu in action against Coventry City in 1997

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