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22/05/2013 17:45 BST | Updated 22/05/2013 17:54 BST

Brian Greenhoff, Former Manchester United And England Player, Dies

Former Manchester United and England footballer Brian Greenhoff has died suddenly at the age of 60.

the centre-half played 271 games for United between 1973 and 1979, scoring 17 times before moving to Leeds United where he played until 1983.

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Brian Greenhoff (right) and brother Jimmy celebrate Manchester United's 1977 FA Cup final victory over Liverpool

He was capped 18 times for England between 1976 and 1980.

The grandfather of three died at his home in Norden, near Rochdale, Greater Manchester, on Wednesday.

Police said there were no suspicious circumstances and the matter has been passed to the local coroner.

In a statement to the Manchester Evening News, his family said he would be sorely missed and they were "very proud of his distinguished career".

A spokeswoman for Greater Manchester Police said: "Shortly after 9.30am today, police were called to an address in Norden following a report of a sudden death.

"Officers attended and found that a man, believed to be 60, died suddenly.

"There are not believed to be any suspicious circumstances and the matter has been referred to the coroner."