Glenn Hoddle, the former Tottenham and England midfielder, was seriously ill in hospital tonight after collapsing this morning in the BT Sport studio in east London on his 61st birthday.
One of the most respected pundits and one of the best players England ever produced, the news of Hoddle's collapse saw plenty of immediate support from the football world.
"Our thoughts are with former Blues boss Glenn Hoddle who has been taken seriously ill on his 61st birthday".
"The condition is serious but Glenn is now receiving specialist treatment and responding well", the statement read. Thoughts are with him and his family.
Earlier today a BT Sport spokesman told MailOnline: 'Earlier today Glenn Hoddle was taken ill at the BT Sport studio.
This is while Tottenham Hotspur said: 'Everybody at the Club sends their best wishes to @GlennHoddle for a full and speedy recovery after he was taken ill this morning'. You won't meet a nicer guy than Glenn.
"Everybody in football wishes him well because he's a fantastic football guy".
He won 53 caps for England and as manager he took his country to the 1998 World Cup finals in France, qualifying after a memorable 0-0 draw away to Italy.
England captain Harry Kane also sent a message, in conjunction with Tottenham, writing: "Thoughts are with Glenn Hoddle". He went on to marry Vanessa Colbourn in 2000, but split from her in 2015.
The couple got together in 1997 after he walked out on his first wife, Anne, the mother of his three children - Zoe, 35, Zara, 32, and Jamie, 26.
BT Sport presenter Jake Humphrey revealed the news on Twitter.