Glenn Hoddle joined Tottenham Hotspur as a junior at the age of 12
By Faith Ridler for MailOnline
Glenn Hoddle joined Tottenham Hotspur as a junior at the age of 12, launching what would be a decade-long career with the club.
He signed on as an apprentice in 1974, overcoming knee problems in his early teens to collect eight England Youth caps, the first of these in 1975 against Spain.
His first-team debut for the team came when he was just 17 years old, as a substitute for Cyril Knowles against Norwich City.
Then as a 22-year-old, the midfielder scored 19 goals in 41 league appearances and was awarded the PFA Young Player of the Year award in 1980.
Hoddle announced in 1987 that he would be leaving Tottenham Hospur to take on a new challenge overseas with AS Monaco.
In the same year, he found himself in the pop charts after his duet with Spurs and England teammate Chris Waddle, ‘Diamond Lights’, made the UK Top 20.
He was voted the Best Foreign Player in French football and helped to guide the team to the quarter-finals of the European Cup in 1989.
But after suffering a severe knee injury, the midfielder left the club at the age of 33.
During his career, Hoddle featured in England’s FIFA World Cup squads twice, first in 1982 and again in 1988. But by the early 1990s, the midfielder had turned his attention to the managerial side of football.
Hoddle ‘fell ill’ although the nature of the illness was not immediately clear. Pictured: Hoddle in 2015
He managed Swindon Town and acted as player-manager for Chelsea before taking on the coveted England manager job in May 1996.
Here, Hoddle boasted a 60 per cent win rate, only comparable to the likes of Sir Alf Ramsey, Fabio Capello, and Sam Allerdyce.
He was sacked from his post in 1999 after a controversial interview with Matt Dickinson in The Times in which he suggested disabled people were being made to pay for the sins of past lives.
But this was far from the end of his managerial career, taking on posts with Southampton, Tottenham Hotspur, Wolverhampton Wanderers and finally Queens Park Rangers for a year from 2014.
Away from his portfolio of impressive managerial position, Hoddle also founded Glenn Hoddle academy in Spain in 2008.
The academy was set up in the memory of his brother Carl, a former Tottenham Hotspur player who died at the age of 40.
Most recently, the football star has worked for ITV Sport for their coverage of England matches, and for BT Sport on their coverage of the Premier League, FA Cup, Champions League and the Europa League.