Frank Lampard leads well-wishers for 'critically ill' Ray Wilkins 3 years ago

Frank Lampard leads well-wishers for 'critically ill' Ray Wilkins

Chelsea legend Frank Lampard has posted a message of support for Ray Wilkins, after it emerged the former England international was 'critically ill' in hospital.

Reports emerged on Friday that Wilkins was in intensive care after suffering a suspected heart attack earlier in the week. Having been rushed from his home to St George’s Hospital in Tooting, London, he was placed in an induced coma.

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"He’s in hospital, he’s had a cardiac arrest and is in intensive care," Wilkins’ wife, Jackie, has told The Daily Mirror.

"He is not in a good state at all, I’m afraid. He’s critically ill. The cardiac arrest led to a fall which has meant he’s had to be put in an induced coma. It’s very, very bad."

Lampard, who worked with Wilkins when the 61-year-old was part of the coaching set-up at Stamford Bridge, shared a post to Instagram on Friday.

'All thoughts and strength with this man and his family tonight,' Lampard wrote. 'An absolute gentleman.'

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Gary Lineker, a former international teammate of Wilkins, also posted a message of support from his Twitter account.

The former Chelsea, Manchester United and AC Milan midfielder remains a popular figure in football. In recent years, he has worked as a pundit - regularly appearing on talkSPORT radio and on Sky Sports News.