Former England and Aston Villa defender, Ugo Ehiogu dies after suffering cardiac arrest on Spurs training ground. Twitter

By Oladipupo Mojeed

Former England and Aston Villa defender, Ugo Ehiogu has died after suffering a cardiac arrest at Tottenham’s training centre on Thursday.

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According to a statement from Tottenham Hotspurs, the team’s youth coach died in hospital in the early hours of Friday at the age of 44.

Ehiogu, a Nigerian was capped four times by England.

“Words cannot express the shock and sadness that we all feel at the club,” said Tottenham’s head of coaching and development, John McDermott.

“Ugo’s immense presence will be irreplaceable.”

Ehiogu’s club records

Ehiogu made over 200 appearances for Aston Villa between 1991 and 2000 and then spent seven years at Middlesbrough.

He won the League Cup with Villa in 1994 and 1996, and also with Boro in 2004.

The centre-back also played for West Brom, Leeds, Ranger and Sheffield United, before retiring in 2009.

He began coaching at Tottenham in 2014.

He is survived by his wife, Gemma and two children – son Obi Jackson and Jodie.

Villa will hold a minute’s applause before their Championship match against Birmingham City on Sunday, with both sets of players to wear black armbands.

Meanwhile, Spurs’ reserve team game at Manchester United on Monday has been postponed.

And all of the club’s weekend academy matches have also been called off.