Known as one of the greatest players of his generation and one of England’s finest, Glenn Hoddle turns 59 today.
Having started out at Tottenham Hotspur, Hoddle became a legend at the club by the time he left for Monaco in 1987 after 12 years with Spurs.
He continued his waltzing, marauding runs over in France before heading back to England as player-manager of Swindon Town.
A similar stint at Chelsea followed before Hoddle eventually hung up his boots and focused on a career in management.
Things were going well and by 1996 he was given the England job. Initially he turned the team’s fortunes around and ahead of the European Championships in 2000 the team had high hopes. But Hoddle would be sacked from his role over comments made about the disabled.
Stints at Southampton, Tottenham and Wolves followed before he set up an academy in Spain and now Hoddle is mostly seen in his role as a TV pundit with Sky Sports.
1964: Mark Taylor – former Australia opener and captain.
1972: Maria Mutola – Mozambican 800 metres runner, who won three outdoor world titles and Olympic gold in 2000.
1977: Kumar Sangakkara – Sri Lanka batsmen, who retired from Test cricket in August 2015.
1986: David Warner – big-hitting Australia batsman.
1992: Stephan El Shaarawy – Roma and Italy striker.
1994: Kurt Zouma – Chelsea and France defender.
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