Former England Striker Paul Mariner Dies At 68

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Former England football striker, Paul Mariner, who won the FA Cup and UEFA Cup with Ipswich Town, has kicked the bucket at 68.

Mariner began his league career at Plymouth Argyle and also played for Arsenal and Portsmouth.

He made his England debut in 1977 and played for his country at the 1982 World Cup. He made 35 appearances for England, scoring 13 goals. His family says he died after battling brain cancer.

“We regretfully inform you that Paul passed away peacefully on 9 July surrounded by his family, after a brief war with brain cancer,” said a statement from Mariner’s family.

“We would like to show gratitude to all the people who came to see him through his sickness for their help and the messages that were sent to him; they meant a great deal to him and us.

“A special thank you must move to the NHS and the unbelievable care that he collected when he most needed it and for that, we, as a family, will be everlasting in your debt.

“Paul lived a full life and was fortunate enough to lead a group of fantastic football clubs as well as his country, all of which meant a lot to him.

“Anyone who knew Paul will testify to his fantastic sense of humour, his interest in life and his work. He will surely remain in memory by everyone who was ever around him and by those most close to him.” His family said.

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