Former England defender Trevor Cherry has died at the age of 72, his former club Leeds have announced.

Cherry who began his career with hometown club Huddersfield and also later played for and managed Bradford, earned 27 caps for England and captained the national side in his penultimate appearance.

“Leeds United are shocked and deeply saddened by the news that club legend Trevor Cherry has passed away suddenly and unexpectedly at the age of 72,” Leeds said in a statement.

Trevor Cherry (right) tries to stop a cross from Liverpool’s Steve Heighway as his Leeds teammate Norman Hunter closes in during the 1974 Charity Shield. Photograph: Colorsport/REX/Shutterstock

Cherry’s death comes less than two weeks after that of his former Leeds teammate Norman Hunter.

Cherry came through the ranks at Huddersfield but moved to Elland Road for £100,000 in 1972 after Town were relegated from the First Division. Part of the Leeds squad that won the title in 1973-74, Cherry helped them to the European Cup final in 1975 and took the captain’s armband in 1976, the same year that he made his England debut in a match against Wales.

Leeds’ statement added: “Our thoughts and prayers are with Trevor’s wife Sue, sons Darren and Ian, daughter Danielle and his five grandchildren at this difficult time.”

Bradford said the club were “mourning the loss” of Cherry while Huddersfield described him as “an inspiration to many”. The Terriers added about their former player and director: “His name will always be written in Huddersfield Town folklore.”

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