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England bid farewell to former star Paul Mariner at the age of 68, before the Euro 2020 final

The England national team announced, this morning, the death of former England international Paul Mariner, at the age of 68, after a short struggle with brain cancer, according to the British newspaper The Guardian. Sunday.

And Paul Mariner scored in 1981 the goal that led England to the World Cup finals for the first time since they lost in 1970, and scored 139 goals in 339 games with Ipswich in a golden era in which he won the FA Cup in 1978 and the European Cup in 1981, among others. The other clubs he played in were Plymouth, Arsenal and Portsmouth, while he also played 35 caps for England and scored 13 goals for him.

In November 1981, Mariner scored the goal that secured England's place in the 1982 World Cup in Spain, and Ron Greenwood's team was on the verge of missing after a sudden defeat against Norway, but after Romania stumbled, they had a new chance, and they only needed a draw, and Mariner scored after 16 minutes to carry His country is safe, as Mariner scored in the opening match of the finals, with a 3-1 victory over France.

A statement from his family, carried by the British newspaper The Guardian, said: “We inform you with regret that Paul passed away peacefully on July 9 surrounded by his family, after a short battle with brain cancer. They meant a lot to him and us."

"Special thanks must go to the NHS and the incredible care he received when he needed it most, and for that we as a family will forever be indebted to you. And it all means the world to him, anyone who knows Paul will attest to his sense of humour, his passion for life and his work, and will be sorely missed by everyone around him and those closest to him.”

A tweet from Ipswich read: "We are shocked to hear of the death of city legend Paul Mariner at the age of 68. Thoughts of everyone at the Fifa are with Paul's family and friends at this sad time."

And in another tweet from the England team account: "We are saddened to learn of the death of Paul Mariner, who played 35 games for the Three Lions, at the age of 68 as Mariner England between 1977 and 1985, and scored 13 goals.. Our thoughts and sympathies are with his family and friends and previous clubs.

Mariner began his football career in Plymouth and scored 61 times in 155 appearances for the club before leaving for Ipswich in 1976, and a statement from the club read: “The Argyle family was devastated when they learned of the passing of legendary striker Paul Mariner. Our best wishes to Paul's family and friends at this tragic time."

The England national team, led by its coach Gareth Southgate, is seeking to win the European Nations Cup "Euro 2020", for the first time in its history, when it faces its Italian counterpart, at nine in the evening, Sunday, at Wembley Stadium, in the English capital, London.