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A source close to the family told a former teammate that Hoddle had been "close to death" and was saved by the quick action of an employee at BT Sport who knew how to use a defibrillator.

According to NBC Sports report, the football icon who was celebrating his 61st birthday anniversary, took ill moments the football show went off air.

The 61-year-old Hoddle was at BT Sport studios as a pundit when he fell ill and was taken to a hospital in London.

"For that reason there will be no @btsportscore - but we will be live as usual for the 5.30 ko at Leicester". We're right with you, Glenn'.

As a player, Hoddle won the FA Cup and Uefa Cup with Tottenham and also had spells with Monaco, Swindon and Chelsea.

Presenter Mark Pougatch confirmed that the channel's football results show, BT Score, had been cancelled.

Former England manager and Tottenham midfielder Hoddle was considered one of the best players of his generation.

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"His family are with him and would like to thank everyone for their support".

This is while Tottenham Hotspur said: 'Everybody at the Club sends their best wishes to @GlennHoddle for a full and speedy recovery after he was taken ill this morning'.

Wolves officials sent their best wishes to Hoddle, who managed the club from 2004 to 2006.

Former footballer Chris Sutton said: "Thoughts and prayers for Glenn Hoddle and his family after he was taken ill today". News of Hoddle's condition prompted an outpouring of support, with England, Chelsea and Tottenham among those sending messages of encouragement for their former player. Thoughts are with him and his family.

Moments before his collapse, Hoddle was filmed laughing and smiling as he played teqball - a cross between table tennis and football - with fellow guest Paul Ince during a break in the studio in Stratford, east London.

He was made the England manager 1996 and led the team the second round of the 1998 World Cup in France, where they lost on penalties to Argentina. "Get well soon, Glenn Hoddle, we're all behind you". You have to have a bit of courage the way he played football and I'm sure that'll stand him in good stead right now'.