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Former England, Chelsea captain Ray Wilkins remembered in memorial service

Ray Wilkins remembered in memorial service
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A memorial service to honour the life of former Chelsea and England legend Ray Wilkins took place on Tuesday.

The world of football has paid tribute to former England and Chelsea captain Ray Wilkins in a memorial service which took place in London on Tuesday.

Wilkins, who also played for Manchester United, AC Milan, Rangers and Queens Park Rangers, died at the age of 61 last month after suffering a heart attack.

Chelsea head coach Antonio Conte was among those in attendance at the service, along with former Blues players John Terry, Frank Lampard and Gianfranco Zola.

Also present at St Luke's and Christ Church in Chelsea were England boss Gareth Southgate and former Three Lions managers Glenn Hoddle, Roy Hodgson and Kevin Keegan.

Frank Stapleton, a former Man United teammate, spoke about Wilkins's on-field talent in his eulogy, saying: "If he was playing now he'd be spoken of as one of the best players in the world."

Wilkins's son, Ross, also spoke of his father's well-documented battle with depression and alcohol, and called for greater awareness of mental health.

His sister, Jade, read a poem which had been written for her father's funeral last Saturday.

"There's only one Ray Wilkins, that's what the fans say and that is as true of tomorrow as it is of today. Not just a great sportsman but a truly great man," she read.

Wilkins will be remembered by supporters in the eighth minute of the FA Cup final between Chelsea and Manchester United at Wembley on May 19.

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