Former Sky Sports pundit Trevor Francis dies aged 69

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Former footballer Trevor Francis has died at the age of 69.

He suffered a heart attack in Marbella, Spain on Monday morning.

Following a lengthy football career, Francis joined Sky Sports has a football pundit. He left the network in 2015 to join rivals BT Sport.

Friend and former ITV presenter Gary Newbon told The Sun: “This is obviously a terrible shock for Trevor and his family and friends.

“He was revered throughout football and has his place assured in the history of the game.

“But he was also an incredibly kind and popular man, who will be greatly missed by so, so many people.”

Francis made his debut for Birmingham City’s first team in 1970, aged just 16.

In 1979 he became Britain’s first £1 million player following his transfer from Birmingham City to Nottingham Forest.

He scored the winning goal for Forest in the 1979 European Cup final against Malmö and won the European Cup again with the club the following year.

At international level, he played for England 52 times between 1976 and 1986, scoring 12 goals, and played at the 1982 FIFA World Cup.

Between 1988 and 2003 he was a football manager, most notably with Sheffield Wednesday and Birmingham City.

His final managerial post was at Crystal Palace, whom he left in 2003.

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