Former England and Ipswich striker Paul Mariner dies aged 68

Paul Mariner played 35 times for England between 1977-1985, scoring 13 goals

English player Paul Mariner scores for England against Luxembourg during the European Championship football match, in Luxembourg on November 16, 1983. (L to R) Nico Wagner, Maral Bossi, Terry Butcher, Paul Mariner and Brian Robson and Romain Michaux are in the picture. PHOTO: THE HINDU ARCHIVES   -  The Hindu

Former England international and Ipswich Town striker Paul Mariner has died at the age of 68, the national team announced on Twitter on Saturday.

Lancashire-born Mariner began his career at Plymouth Argyle and scored 135 goals in 339 matches for Ipswich Town. He lifted the FA Cup in 1977-78 under manager Bobby Robson and went on to win the UEFA Cup with the team in 1980-81, the club said.

He also had stints at Arsenal, Portsmouth, Wollongong City, Albany Capitals and San Francisco Bay before retiring in 1993. Mariner managed Plymouth as well as Major League Soccer side Toronto FC after his playing career.

Mariner led the line for England in the 1982 World Cup.

Mariner's family released a statement saying he had died after a brief battle with brain cancer, the BBC reported.

"... Paul lived a full life and was fortunate enough to represent a group of fantastic football clubs as well as his country, all of which meant the world to him," Mariner's family said in the statement.

"Anyone who knew Paul will attest to his fantastic sense of humour, his passion for life and his work. He will be sorely missed by everyone who was ever around him and by those most close to him."

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