Glenn Hoddle was in charge of England at the 1998 Fifa World Cup in France (image courtesy AFP/Getty)

Former England head coach Glenn Hoddle is in a serious condition in hospital after suffering a heart attack.

It was learned that Hoddle collapsed on his 61st birthday on Saturday shortly before he was due to go on air as a pundit for BT Sport.

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“Glenn remains in a serious condition in hospital after suffering a heart attack yesterday. He continues to respond well to treatment,” said a spokesperson for the ex-Tottenham manager.

“The family are grateful to everyone in the football family – and beyond – that have sent kind messages of support, they are very much appreciated.

“In particular, Glenn and his family would like to publicly thank the BT Sport staff that treated him immediately on set following his collapse.”

England manager Gareth Southgate was among the well wishers for Hoddle.

He made 53 appearances for the Three Lions as a player before managing his country between 1996 and 1999.

“My thoughts and prayers are with Glenn Hoddle and those closest to him following today’s distressing news,” Southgate said on Saturday.

“Everybody across the game is right behind one of English football’s greats and we are willing him to pull through.”