The former England manager Terry Venables has died at the age of 80 after a long illness.

Venables managed England from 1994 to 1996, leading them to the semi-finals of Euro 96 on home soil. 

He also had spells in charge of Barcelona, Tottenham and Australia.

His family have paid tribute to 'a wonderful husband and father' while the football community has also paid their respects to the former England manager. 



During the 1960s and '70s, he played for various clubs including Chelsea, Tottenham Hotspur and Queens Park Rangers, and gained two caps for England.

As a club manager, Venables won the Second Division championship with Crystal Palace in 1979.

He reached the 1982 FA Cup Final with Queens Park Rangers and won the Second Division in 1983. With Barcelona, he won La Liga in 1985 and reached the 1986 European Cup Final.

He guided Tottenham Hotspur to FA Cup victory in 1991. 

He also managed Middlesbrough and Leeds United. As the England national team manager from 1994 to 1996, he reached the semi-finals of the 1996 European Championships, and managed Australia from 1997 to 1998.

"We are totally devastated by the loss of a wonderful husband and father who passed away peacefully yesterday after a long illness," read a family statement.

"We would ask that privacy be given at this incredibly sad time to allow us to mourn the loss of this lovely man who we were so lucky to have had in our lives."

The League Managers Association said: "The LMA is deeply saddened to hear of the passing of LMA member and former LMA president Terry Venables.

"Our thoughts are very much with Yvette and all of Terry's family at this time."

Venables made more than 500 appearances as a player between 1960 and 1975, largely for Chelsea, QPR and Tottenham.