BREAKING: Shock for fans as ex-England footballer dies

Former England international striker Paul Mariner has died following a battle with brain cancer.

The FA confirmed on Saturday morning the passing of the ex-Ipswich Town and Arsenal striker at the age of 68.

Mariner scored 139 goals in 339 games for Ipswich and was a member of their FA Cup winning side of 1978 and the team that won the UEFA Cup in 1981.

He also earned 35 caps for England scored 13 times for his country.

A statement declared: “We’re sad to have learned that Paul Mariner, who made 35 appearances for the Three Lions, has passed away at the age of 68.

“Mariner represented England between 1977 and 1985, scoring 13 goals.

“Our thoughts and sympathies are with his family, friends and former clubs.”