Former England manager Hoddle in serious condition but responding well to treatment

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The 61-year-old is an England and Tottenham great, and has received an outpouring of well wishes

Glenn Hoddle has been taken to hospital after having fallen seriously ill on Saturday and, while his condition is classified as serious, the former England manager is responding well to treatment.

Hoddle, who turned 61 on Saturday, was preparing for work in his role as a television pundit for BT Sport when he was taken to hospital.

The UK-based broadcaster's main presenter Jake Humphrey later confirmed the news on Twitter, announcing BT's usual afternoon schedule had been cancelled ahead of the Premier League game between Leicester City and West Ham.

"Our friend and colleague Glenn Hoddle was taken seriously ill at the BT Sport studio this morning," the tweet read.

"For that reason there will be no @btsportscore - but we will be live as usual for the 5.30 ko at Leicester.

"Everyone of us is right with you Glenn, sending love & strength."

Several hours later, BT Sport provided an update on Hoddle's situation.

"The condition is serious but Glenn is currently receiving specialist treatment and responding well," the statement read.

“Glenn’s family are with him and would like to thank everyone that has sent their support."

A club hero at Tottenham, where he played for the majority of a celebrated playing career before later becoming manager in 2001, Hoddle was capped 53 times by England and scored eight international goals.

Spurs also wished their former player well, writing on Twitter: "Everybody at the Club sends their best wishes to Glenn Hoddle for a full and speedy recovery after he was taken ill this morning."

The stylish midfielder also represented Monaco under Arsene Wenger before operating as player/manager at Swindon Town and Chelsea.

Hoddle's work at Stamford Bridge saw him appointed as Terry Venables' successor with England and he led a Three Lions side featuring David Beckham and Michael Owen to the last 16 of the 1998 World Cup.

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His former employers expressed their concern at the information, posting on the official England Twitter account: "Worrying news. Get well soon, Glenn Hoddle – we’re all behind you."

Chelsea also sent their well-wishes, tweeting: "Our thoughts are with former Blues boss Glenn Hoddle, who has been taken seriously ill on his 61st birthday. We’re right with you, Glenn."

Hoddle played alongside Chris Waddle at club and international level and he tweeted: "Get well soon Glenn our thoughts are with you."

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