England striker Paul Mariner dies


England striker Paul Mariner died Friday at the age of 68, his family announced.

Mariner, who made 35 appearances for England and scored 13 goals, lived his best days as a player with Ipswich Town, with whom he won the FA Cup and UEFA Cup. He also played for Plymouth Argyle, Arsenal and Portsmouth.

“Sadly, we announce that Paul passed away peacefully on July 9, surrounded by his family, following a short battle with brain cancer,” Mariner’s family said in a statement. “We thank everyone who visited him during his illness and those who supported us and sent us messages.”

After joining Ipswich Town in 1976, Mariner won the FA Cup in 1978 and the UEFA Cup in 1981, scoring 135 goals in 339 appearances during his career at the English club before moving to Arsenal in 1984 and two years later to Portsmouth. He played with England in the 1982 World Cup.


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