Former England Under-21s defender passes away aged 36.
Former England Under-21s defender Dean Richards sadly passed away on Saturday after a long illness. He was 36.
Richards began his career at hometown club Bradford City in 1992 and moved to Wolverhampton Wanderers three years later. He spent two years at Southampton from 1999 before signing for Tottenham Hotspur for £8.1m.
However, in 2005 the centre-back was forced to retire from playing after suffering dizzy spells and headaches.
For the Three Lions, Richards made four appearances at the Toulon Tournament in 1995, making his debut as captain against Brazil alongside the likes of David Beckham, Phil Neville and Julian Joachim. England reached the Semi-Final of that competition but lost to hosts France.
In 2007 he returned to Bradford to work as a coach with the club's youth team and young professionals.
Wolves and Tottenham will pay tribute to Richards before their Premier League match at Molineux next week.
The thoughts of everyone at The Football Association are with Dean's family and friends at this sad time.