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England World Cup hero Nobby Stiles suffers stroke

Nobby Stiles, pictured in 2000
Image caption Nobby Stiles received an MBE in 2000

England World Cup winner Nobby Stiles is recovering at home after suffering a stroke.

The former Manchester United midfielder spent two days in hospital last week after the "very minor" stroke, said his agent Terry Baker.

Stiles, 68, suffered disorientation which was diagnosed as a Transient Ischaemic Attack and is expected to undergo surgery in a few weeks.

But he will be watching England's World Cup clash with Algeria, Mr Baker added.

Doctors described the incident as a "very minor stroke and nowhere near as serious as some strokes can be," Mr Baker said.

'Good spirits'

"When I spoke to him this morning he told me he had suffered a moment of disorientation.

"He joked that both of us have been having moments of disorientation for the last 30 years."

Image caption Stiles won two league titles with Manchester United

Mr Baker said Stiles, from Stretford, had seen a cardiovascular consultant and was expected to undergo surgery in the next few weeks.

"In the meantime, he's at home and in good spirits," he added.

"But he's had to cancel a number of engagements for the time being."

As well as winning the World Cup with England in 1966, the midfielder won two league titles and a European Cup during an 11-year career with Manchester United.

He was awarded the MBE in 2000 for his part in England's 4-2 victory over West Germany on 30 July in 1966.

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