Sol Campbell leads tributes to 'true defender' Ugo Ehiogu
Sol Campbell led the tributes to his “east London mate” Ugo Ehiogu after the former England defender died at the age of 44.
Ehiogu collapsed at Tottenham’s training centre, where he was the under-23s coach, on Thursday after suffering a cardiac arrest.
One of my East London mates of old.Ugo Ehiogu true defender my heart goes out to his family. I just can't believe it! pic.twitter.com/4DSrltEGlB— Sol Campbell (@SolManOfficial) April 21, 2017
The pair played for England together, notably when Ehiogu scored his only international goal in a 3-0 win over Spain in Sven Goran Eriksson’s first match in charge.
Rio Ferdinand, who also featured in the game, paid tribute to a man with a “calm and warming presence”.
One of the good guys.— Stan Collymore (@StanCollymore) April 21, 2017
Truly broken. pic.twitter.com/cxqLk7uvy4
Shocked to hear that Ugo Ehiogu has passed away. Far far too young, My thoughts goes out to his family and friends! #RIP 🙏— Shay Given (@No1shaygiven) April 21, 2017
Really upsetting news about Ugo Ehiogu .Football has lost a great player and a great man. Thoughts go out to his family. RIP Ugo🙏— Chris Sutton (@chris_sutton73) April 21, 2017
Terrible news to see Ugo Ehiogu passed away early this morning.. thoughts and prayers go out to his family! #RIPUgo 🙏🏽— Andrew Cole (@vancole9) April 21, 2017
My thoughts are with Ugo Ehiogu, his family and close friends.. god bless Ugo. Rip 🙏— John Hartson (@JohnHartson10) April 21, 2017
Gutted/devastated to hear the news that me pal Ugo Ehiogu has died. 44 years of age so sad. RIP pic.twitter.com/65AMYggVBA— Chris Kamara (@chris_kammy) April 21, 2017
Tragic news about Ugo Ehiogu.— Michael Carrick (@carras16) April 21, 2017
So sad. My thoughts are with his friends and family.
Englishman Ehiogu made four appearances for his national team and played the majority of his club football at Aston Villa and Middlesbrough – as well as appearing for Rangers, Leeds United and Sheffield United in his later playing career.
The FA and his former clubs have also shared messages of condolence.
We're devastated to hear the news that Ugo Ehiogu has passed away.— England (@England) April 21, 2017
Our thoughts and sympathies are with all lucky enough to know him. pic.twitter.com/UXT4CXNIne
We are deeply saddened to hear of the death of our former defender Ugo Ehiogu.— Aston Villa FC (@AVFCOfficial) April 21, 2017
Our thoughts are with his family at this terribly sad time. pic.twitter.com/nTk1WBhr1H
Tottenham announced his death on Friday morning, saying in a statement: “It is with immense sadness that we announce the passing of Ugo Ehiogu.”
Ehiogu joined Spurs as a coach in 2014.