Ray Wilkins, the former England captain; Manchester United and AC Milan midfielder, died on Wednesday at the age of 61 following a heart attack last week, former club Chelsea announced.

“Everybody associated with Chelsea Football Club is devastated to learn of the passing of our former player, captain and assistant coach, Ray Wilkins. Rest in peace, Ray, you will be dreadfully missed,” the club said on Twitter.

His family thanked "Ray's friends, colleagues and members of the public" for the many messages of goodwill.

Wilkins' family said: "It is with great sadness we announce that Raymond Colin Wilkins passed away this morning.

"We would also like to say thank you for the many goodwill messages we have received from Ray's friends, colleagues, and members of the public.

"Ray leaves behind his loving wife, Jackie, daughter Jade, son Ross, and his beautiful grandchildren, Oliver, Frankie, Ava, Freddie, Jake and Archie.

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"We are asking for privacy at this very difficult time."

Wilkins had been working as a TV and radio pundit.

As a player, he won the FA Cup with Manchester United in 1983 and the Scottish league title with Rangers in 1989.

He made 84 appearances for England and captained his country 10 times.

Wilkins had spells as manager of QPR, Fulham and the Jordan national team.

He was also Chelsea assistant coach from 2008 until 2010, working alongside Guus Hiddink and Carlo Ancelotti.

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