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Ronnie Clayton

Ronnie Clayton

Ronnie Clayton

Former England captain Ronnie Clayton has died at the age of 76.

His former club Blackburn, who he also captained, announced his death on Friday and are planning to pay their respects prior to Saturday's Premier League home match against Chelsea.

Blackburn chairman John Williams said: "Everyone at Ewood Park is deeply saddened by the news."

He added: "Ronnie was not only a wonderful servant and ambassador for the club, he was also one of the most popular men ever to be associated with Rovers.

"No-one had a bad word for Ronnie and he will be so very sadly missed. Our deepest sympathies go out to his dear wife Val and all his family at this saddest of times."

Clayton, who played at right-half, spent his entire club career with Blackburn and won 35 caps for England from 1955 to 1960.

He was a member of the 1958 World Cup squad, playing one match in the tournament.

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