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Former Ipswich and England striker Paul Mariner has died at the age of 68,

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The football world is paying tribute to former Ipswich and England striker Paul Mariner after he died at the age of 68.

Mariner, who played at the 1982 World Cup, scored 139 goals in 339 games for Ipswich in a golden era in which they won the FA Cup in 1978 and UEFA Cup in 1981. His other clubs included Plymouth, Arsenal and Portsmouth while he also earned 35 England caps and scored 13 times for his country.

He also had spells playing and coaching in the United States and he managed Plymouth during the 2009-10 season. He later managed Toronto FC and worked as a media pundit.

Mariner had been battling brain cancer. A statement from his family said he passed away peacefully on July 9 surrounded by his family.

It read: “Paul lived a full life and was fortunate enough to represent a group of fantastic football clubs as well as his country, all of which meant the world to him.

“Anyone who knew Paul will attest to his fantastic sense of humour, his passion for life and for his work. He will be sorely missed by everyone who was ever around him and by those most close to him.”

The family also thanked those who had supported him through his illness and the NHS, which they praised for its “unbelievable care”.

Ipswich Town and England lead the tributes to Mariner, following the announcement on Saturday morning:

Former footballers and sport journalists were also among those remembering Mariner:

Others shared clips of some of Mariner’s most important or famous goals, including when he scored against Hungary to take England through to the 1982 World Cup.

Terry Butcher, a former team-mate with Ipswich and England, also paid tribute.

Butcher told Sky Sports News: “I remember him standing there, his chest was out, his chin was high, he was standing to attention. He was just perfect. That’s the example I wanted to follow.

“What it meant to him to play for England was everything. He was totally committed for England.”

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