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Glenn Hoddle

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Position: Midfielder

Born: 27 October 1957 (Hayes, England)

Join Date: 02 April 1974

Glenn Hoddle

490 appearances, 1975-87, fifth in our all-time list
One of only 18 players to score 100-plus goals for the Club - 110
FA Cup winner in 1981 and 1982, UEFA Cup winner 1984
53 caps for England, later managed both England and Spurs

One of the most gifted players of his generation, voted many times over the years as our greatest-ever player, Glenn Hoddle lit up Spurs for 12 years with his sublime skills, unequalled passing ability, eye for a goal and that knack of being able to turn a game with a moment of magic.

Fans of a certain vintage will be able to reel off any number of goals - volleys against Forest and United, that chip at Watford, a 35-yard humdinger into the top corner at the Kop end at Anfield or his final goal at the Lane in 1987, a run from inside his own half against Oxford, to name but a few.

Born in Hayes, Middlesex, Glenn signed as an apprentice on the recommendation of another great, Martin Chivers, in 1974. He signed as a professional in 1975, made his debut aged 17 last that year and marked his first start in the Football League with what would be a trademark long-range shot against Peter Shilton, no less, at Stoke in February 1976.

Glenn would become the fulcrum in midfield of the great Spurs team of the early 1980s, led by Steve Perryman, under the management of Keith Burkinshaw, that won the FA Cup in 1981, retained it in 1982 - Glenn scored the winner in the replay against QPR - and then the UEFA Cup in 1984, although injury ruled him out of the European final. He also appeared in the 1987 FA Cup and 1982 League Cup Finals. He moved on to AS Monaco in 1987 and won the French title in 1987/88.

Wonder goal at Watford

Glenn was capped 53 times by England, scoring on his debut against Bulgaria in 1979. He played at the 1982 and 1986 World Cups.

On his return from France, Glenn moved into management, initially player-manager at Swindon Town in 1991, then Chelsea in 1993 and then the top job at England in 1996, taking the Three Lions to the 1998 World Cup, where they lost out on penalties to Argentina.

After leaving the England job in 1999, Glenn was back in management at Southampton in 2000 before returning 'home' to manage Spurs 2001-2003. He later had a short spell at Wolves in 2006 before moving into a media career as a pundit for the likes of ITV and BT Sport.

Now 63, Glenn suffered a cardiac arrest in October, 2018, but recovered to take his place as part of the BT Sport presenting team for the Champions League semi-final win at Ajax in May, 2019, and the the final in June, 2019. He told us that May: "It might have been something I’d missed. To think of that... it hit me in the studio (at Ajax). In the cold light of day, I thought ‘this was worth staying alive for!’"