FA technical director Dan Ashworth has paid his own tribute to Cyrille Regis, following the former striker’s sudden death this week.
Ashworth worked closely with the ex-England player in his previous job as sporting and technical director at West Bromwich Albion, the club where Regis made his name in the 1970s and 80s after joining from non-League Hayes.
And Ashworth admits he was left saddened when the news broke on Monday morning.
"I was devastated to hear the news about Cyrille Regis," said Ashworth.
"He was a pioneer of his time, as one of the first black players to come through and play for England.
"I knew him well from my time at West Bromwich Albion as a former player and then as an agent; he was always a gentleman and a great help to me when I first started at the club.
"It has come as no surprise to see the incredible outpouring of respect from so many connected with the game across the last 24 hours.
"I'd personally like to pay tribute to Cyrille and all that he has done for English game, he is a big loss to us all and we send our condolences to his family at this very sad time."