Sir Bobby Robson dies at the age of 76

Former England manager Sir Bobby Robson has died at the age of 76 after losing his long struggle against cancer. Amongst the clubs he represented as player were Fulham and West Brom before going onto manage a large number of clubs both in England and Europe including Fulham, Ipswich, PSV, Sporting Lisbon, Porto, Barcelona and Newcastle.

Robson was appointed England manager in 1982 and led his team to the semi-final of the 1990 World Cup in Italy where they suffered the heartbreak of defeat to Germany in a penalty shootout. His family issued an official statement earlier today: "It is with great sadness that it has been announced today that Sir Bobby Robson has lost his long and courageous battle with cancer."

"He died very peacefully this morning at his home in County Durham with his wife and family beside him. Sir Bobby's funeral will be private and for family members only. A thanksgiving service in celebration of Sir Bobby's life will be held at a later date for his many friends and colleagues."

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson led the tributes to the former Newcastle manager: "In my 23 years working in England there is not a person I would put an inch above Bobby Robson. I mourn the passing of a great friend, a wonderful individual, a tremendous football man and somebody with passion and knowledge of the game that was unsurpassed."

Former England captain Gary Lineker also praised Robson: "He had a tremendous enthusiasm and passion for football and life and continued to retain this right to the last days of his life."

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